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House Appropriations Committee Passes Supplemental Appropriations Bill

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2013 the House Appropriations Committee passed the supplemental appropriations bill, which will continue funding NH through the end of this current biennium. Below is the summary of the bill provided by Allison Small, a member of the Senior Care Centers team working at the Texas State Capital in Austin to preserve funding for senior care.

 

The bill would make supplemental appropriations and reduce appropriations for various state agencies. The bill would make the following appropriations out of the General Revenue Fund which total $4,836,581,148:

  • $3,163,515,906 to the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) for the purpose of providing acute care services under the Medicaid program.
  • $1,019,065,242 to the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) for the purpose of providing long-term care services under the Medicaid program.
  • The bill would reduce unencumbered appropriations to Texas Public Finance Authority (TPFA), Strategy A.2.2, Bond Debt Service Payments, by $3,000,000 out of the General Revenue Fund.

The bill would make the following appropriations out of General Revenue account 5040, Tobacco Settlement which total $340,000,000:

  • $265,316,377 to HHSC for the purpose of providing acute care services under the Medicaid program.
  • $74,683,623 to HHSC for the purpose of providing services under the CHIP program.

With these appropriations an additional $6,649,504,434 in Federal Funds is anticipated:

$187,456,156 To HHSC for services under the CHIP program. $1,484,780,561 to DADS for services under the Medicaid program. $4,977,267,717 to HHSC for services under the Medicaid program. The bill would appropriate $317,000,000, from General Revenue Account 00193, Foundation School, to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for the purpose of providing for the Foundation School Program.  The bill would appropriate $313,000,000 from fun 0666, Appropriated Receipts to TEA for the purpose of providing for the Foundation School Program.

The bill would take effect immediately upon enactment.

If you don’t follow politics closely, the major takeaway from this is through the appropriations of DADS the funding that most residents rely on for long-term care will be preserved. However, this is only one step along the way. The Senior Care Centers team is will continue to work with state legislators to encourage bills that will benefit all seniors in Texas.

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