State Budet Update

The Governor released his budget request on November 1st. This is the beginning of a long process to set the budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14. Beginning this week, the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) began hearing briefings from the various state departments. Some health related highlights from Governor Hickenlooper’s budget request are listed below.

  • Purchase a Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS or claims payment).
  • Add a dental benefit for adults, including pregnant women, covered by Medicaid. This is to be capped at $1,000 per patient.
  • Change the current Medicaid dental program for kids to an Administrative Services Organization, similar to that of CHP+.
  • Expand the current Substance Use Disorder Medicaid benefit and include substance use disorder treatment under the Behavioral Health Organization (BHO) contract.
  • Increase provider rate by 1.5%. The increase would not apply to RHCs, FQHCs, nursing homes or pharmaceutical reimbursements.
  • Create a behavioral health crisis system (mental health triage).
  • Increase funds for Local Public Health Agencies to support legislatively required core public health services in some communities. 
  • Increase the average cost per K-12 student from $6,474 to $6,659.
We’re still waiting to hear the Governor’s plans for the Medicaid expansion (states can expand their eligibility for Medicaid up to 133% FPL as part of the Affordable Care Act).The federal guidance is expected to be released in the next week, so we can expect to hear something publicly soon after that.
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