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House Finance Committee passes omnibus budget bill Read more news...

Late this evening, the House Finance and Appropriations Committee passed the budget bill along a party-line vote.

Changes made to HB 153 since the substitute bill was accepted on Thursday include an omnibus amendment as well as four amendments approved during debate:

A Summary of the omnibus changes was also released.

According to Hannah News, changes affecting health, human service, and early care & education programs include:

  • Restores $750,000 in each fiscal year to the Help Me Grow program. Also specifies that the program is to provide family-centered parenting education and support. Requires the Department of Health to obtain written consent before providing services and specifies in-home visits are voluntary.
  • Provides an additional $2.5 million per year to Local Mental Health Systems of Care.
  • Restores funding for Free Clinics Safety Net Services to the executive-proposed level.
  • Creates the Nursing Facility Capacity Council to study current and future capacity, and to make recommendations regarding existing capacity.
  • Requires that the anti-psychotic anti-depressant drugs exempted from prior authorization in the sub bill must be approved by the FDA.
  • Provides for various reforms of regulations and rules related to child care.
  • Eliminates the requirement that an Accountable Care Organization meet the same financial requirements under the Department of Insurance as a Managed Care Organization.