May 19, 2016
by Tony Adams, Adams and Associates Government Relations
House Appropriations Committee Approves Budget for FY16-17
On Tuesday, May 17, the House Appropriations Committee approved its recommended continuation and expanded budget for FY16-17. HB1030, the Appropriations Act 2016
, is scheduled to be voted on today, May 19, for third and final reading. After the bill passes the House it will be sent to the Senate for concurrence.
Highlights of items in the budget pertaining to aging are:
- Provides funding to increase the State/County Special Assistance rate effective October 1, 2016, to $1,216 for adult care homes. This is a $34 increase. The rate has not been increased since 2009. ($3,750,000 in recurring funding).
- Increases funding for Project CARE (Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty) effective October 1, 2016, to support families acting as caregivers for family members with Alzheimer's disease. The increased funding will provide vouchers for respite services and three additional full-time family consultants for Project CARE. ($550,000 in recurring funding.)
- Creates two full-time-equivalent staff positions within the Division of Aging and Adult Services to oversee continued development and implementation of the No Wrong Door to Accessing Benefits initiative. This includes enhancement of the NC 2-1-1 database and management of the Alzheimer's disease and dementia-related stakeholders partnerships. ($200,000 in recurring funding.)
- Provides funding to the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a pilot program to increase access to Food and Nutrition benefits for individuals who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid through outreach and assistance with completion of the Food and Nutrition Services applications. ($600,000 in non-recurring funding.)
- Provides funding for Medicaid for the projected increase in the number of individuals receiving State/County Special Assistance due to the increase in the income eligibility level effective October 1, 2016. Individuals receiving State/County Special Assistance are automatically eligible for Medicaid. ($4,100,000 in recurring funding.)
- Expands support for Alzheimer's patients and their families through additional slots for the Community Alternative Program for Disabled Adults (CAP-DA). ($1,500,000 in recurring funding.)