Moving Forward: Vol. 18, Issue 12

SINE DIE! The 2013 General Assembly finished the session on March 28th as the clock ticked down to midnight. One of the many bills that passed on Sine Die was the FY 2014 budget.

Budget highlights: 20 Independent Care Waiver Program slots were added. The proposed 0.74% provider cut was eliminated. $100,000 was added for inclusive post-secondary education. The Department of Justice related spending for DD services is supported in full.

Unfortunately, the funding for housing subsides for individuals with DD that was included in the Senate budget did not make the final FY 2014 budget. Other end-of-session news: House Bill 78, which deals with protections for adults with disabilities and seniors, passed both chambers and awaits the governor's signature. Two bills that create committees to examine Medicaid and possible reform, House Resolution 107 and Senate Bill 62, passed. And the much-talked about ethics bill, House Bill 142, was one of the final pieces of legislation to pass both chambers.

Remember: bills that did not pass will be alive next year. Much was accomplished this session, but there is a great deal for advocates left to do! Be sure you are signed up for GCDD's email lists to STAY CONNECTED throughout the year!

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