ArcMI Government Affairs Update

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Here is your Government Affairs Update for May 14, 2021
Legislation
House Bill 4059, Re-Evaluation for Children with ASD

HB 4059, introduced by Representative Pauline Wendzel, amends the Social Welfare Act to provide that a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) would not be required to have a re-evaluation to determine continued eligibility for behavioral health treatment unless a reevaluation was medically necessary.

The bill was voted out of the House Health Policy Committee on May 6 and awaits further action on the House floor. The Arc Supports.Budget
House and Senate Report out FY 22 Budget Proposals
During the week of May 10, the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate reported out their respective budget proposals.

On Wednesday, May 12, the Michigan House reported out House Bill 4399 (H-2) its Fiscal Year 2021-2022 budget. The total budget is $28.7 billion Gross – a slight reduction from FY 2020-2021 and less than the Governor’s proposed $31.6 billion recommendation. Like other budgets proposed by the House, the House’s MDHHS recommendation appropriates one-quarter of the anticipated appropriation with the exception of areas of the MDHHS budget that require an annual appropriation (ie statutorily restricted contributions, etc). An amendment was offered on the floor by Representative Felicia Brabec (D-Ann Arbor) to fully fund the direct care worker wage increase; however, the amendment failed. Ultimately, HB 4399 was approved along party lines by a vote of 59-48-3.

On Thursday, May 13, the Senate reported out Senate Bill 79 (S-3), the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 budget for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The measure includes $31.61 billion Gross ($5.2 billion GF/GP) – slightly lower than the Governor’s budget recommendation of $31.65 billion and higher than the House recommendation of $28.7 billion.

Like other budgets that passed out of House subcommittees, the House’s recommendation appropriates one-quarter of the anticipated appropriation with the exception of areas of the MDHHS budget that require an annual appropriation. The Senate is currently not proposing to utilize a quarterly budgeting process.

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