The Assembly released and passed a budget resolution yesterday, and also released amended versions of budget bills, providing a more detailed look at that house's position than the Senate resolution released and passed earlier in the week.
According to an Assembly press release, health highlights include:
Health The Assembly budget reduces health care cuts by $126 million, rejecting $32 million in cuts to hospitals, $25.9 million in cuts to nursing homes and $36.5 million in cuts to home health care. The plan also includes a measure that would shift all Medicaid administration costs from counties to the state to streamline eligibility and service determinations, implement operational efficiencies and consolidate services and contracts. It also increases HCRA funding by $218 million by raising the cigarette tax by $1 per pack.
The Assembly budget rejects the governor's proposal to institute parental fees for the Early Intervention program.
The proposal reinstitutes the requirement that health insurance companies may not increase premiums on certain plans without prior approval from the Insurance Department.