HB 996 – Appropriations Act 2019

HB 996 – Appropriations Act 2019

Primary Sponsors: Rep. Donny Lambeth (R-Forsyth), Rep. Linda Johnson (R-Cabarrus), Rep. Jason Saine (R-Lincoln), Rep. Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson)

Bill Summary

This bill is the House’s proposed budget.

Health and Human Services

This budget includes net appropriations of $5.6 billion for fiscal year (FY) 2019-20,  which is $209 million above the amount enacted for FY 2018-19. This is a 3.9% increase.

This budget includes net appropriations of $5.8 billion for FY 2020-21. This is a 3.7% increase of the previous fiscal year.

Division of Aging and Adult Services

This budget provides additional funding for the Home and Community Care Block Grant. This provides funding for in home and community based services for older adults which allows them to reside at home. This additional funding will provide 2,000 seniors additional services

  • Additional $1.1 million reccuring & $3.9 non recurring FY 2019-20
  • Additional $1.1 million non recurring and $3.9 recurring FY 2019-20

State County Special Assistance for Personal Allowance Needs

  • Increase from $46 per month per resident to $70 per resident

Rural Loan Repayment

  • This provision would provide loan repayment incentives to recruit doctors and dentists to rural areas.
  • Increase of $2.1 million non recurring in year 1
  • Increase of $1.1 million non recurring in year 2 for loan repayment incentives

Cumberland County Veterans

  • Provides $400,000 non recurring in year one and $350,000 non recurring in year 2
  • This would devleop and implement a 2 year pilot program in Cumberland County to provide health care and job training services to unemployed veterans.

DHHS Competitive Grants

  • This provision expands DHHS competitive grants program to be allocated to NC food banks, NC Senior Games, and Special Olympics.
  • Provides $500,000 recurring and $450,000 non recurring

Reach Out and Read

  • This provision provides $1 million in nonrecurring funding to the Reach out and Read program which provides pediatricians books to give to patients.

Medicaid Rebase

  • This provision rebases Medicaid with an additional $30.2 million in FY 2019-20 and $195.9 million in FY 2020-21. This rebase is due to the temporary enhanced federal match for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
  • The enhanced match will phase out by Octover 1, 2020.

Innovations Waiver Slots

  • This provision provides an additional $1.1 million in FY 2019-20 and $3.3 million in FY 2020-21.

Firearm Safe Storage Initiative

  • This provision would direct DHHS to launch a 2 year statewide firearm safe storage awareness initiative to educate the public about the importance of safe storage and facilitate the distribution of gun locks.

 

Bill Movement

This bill was filed on April 25, 2019.

This committee substitute passed the Finance Committee on April 30, 2019.

This bill passed the Rules Committee on April 30, 2019.

This committee substitute passed the Appropriations Committee on May 1, 2019.

This bill passed the Pensions and Retirement Committee on May 2, 2019.

This bill passed in the House on May 3, 2019.

 
 

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