Here are some things to look for as we start the Pre-Fiscal Session Budget Hearings:
Healthcare Exchanges: Part 1
Another issue likely to draw attention is a $462,000 contract in the state Insurance Department’s proposed budget to plan what the state’s role will be in a federally mandated health insurance exchange.Healthcare Exchanges: Part 2
The governor in December said he endorsed the state’s involvement in a partnership with the federal government to implement the exchange in the state.
He also said he signed off on an application by the Insurance Department for a $7.6 million federal grant to plan for implementing the program.AFC
The governor has asked lawmakers to approve $2.7 million in supplemental funding to help offset the commission’s shortfall. About $1.2 million would repay federal government grant money that was inappropriately used by the agency for the ongoing expenses, and about $1.5 million would fund the commission operations through the end of the fiscal year.Increased Spending
There is an expectation that the Governor's budget will be around $4.7 billion which is an increase of around $155 million from last year's budget. The bulk of the increase will be Medicaid and Public Schools.
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