Highlights of restorations related to DHHS include:
Reducing the Provider Rate Cut to 3.06% in year 1 and 3.56% in year 2
Eliminating the Copayment for non-emergent visits to the Emergency Department
Eliminating the Provider Enrollment Fee
Restoration of Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapies
Restoration of Oral Health Care
Restoration of a significant portion of the Mental Health cuts
These restorations are due in large part to the significant noise created by NCMS physicians and physician assistants in partnership with hospitals, medical group managers and the powerful voices of a few Medicaid patients. While the process is far from completion, this is a significant improvement over the proposals discussed during the last two weeks. Once the House completes the amendment and voting process on Saturday morning, S202 – Appropriations Act of 2009 (Garrou D-Forsyth) will go to a conference committee to work out differences between the Senate and the House versions of the bill. This process will likely take a couple of weeks.