State Budget Update
As reported earlier, the FY11-12 Long Bill and several related bills went to conference committee last week. During its negotiations, the committee increased funding for the Primary Care Fund (SB 219), including $1 million for the Health Care Services Fund clinics (eligible for a $1 million federal match) and $413,500 for the Special Distribution Fund clinics. These increases bring the total state funding for the Special Distribution Fund to $2,163,500 and the Health Care Services Fund to $11,750,000 (eligible for a $11.75M federal match). The conference committee report must still be approved by the House and Senate and signed by the Governor and we will keep you updated as the budget bills advance. Thanks to the many clinics and primary care advocates who contacted their state legislators about the importance of primary care funding.