HB 16-1408 (Rankin/Steadman) Cash Fund Allocations for Health-Related Programs (Companion Bill to the State Budget)
This bill, one of the accompanying pieces of legislation to the Long Bill, modifies and streamlines the distribution of Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement revenue, and refinances certain programs with Marijuana Tax Cash Fund revenue. As amended, the bill also transfers $20 million from the Children’s Basic Health Plan Trust to pay for increasing access to primary care through rate enhancements for primary care services in the Medicaid program. Services that will receive funding through this provision include preventive services, office visits, immunization administration, and counseling and health risk assessments, which includes screening for post-partum and adolescent depression.
The Children’s Campaign supports this bill as a way to encourage access to high-value primary care services for Medicaid clients and to partially offset the impact of reductions in Medicaid primary care provider rates for the next fiscal year.
Passed the Senate Appropriations Committee as amended and passed the Senate as amended with strong bipartisan support on a 33-2 vote.
April 1, 2016
The bill was introduced this week with the Long Bill and assigned to the House Appropriations Committee, where it passed as amended on an 11-2 bipartisan vote. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support on a vote of 51-14 and now heads to the Senate.