October 24, 2019
by Tony Adams, Adams and Associates Government Relations; and Frances Messer, NCALA President & CEO
The 2019 legislative session is still convened and we still do not have a 2019–2020 budget signed by the governor. The 2019 legislative session is scheduled to end October 31, 2019, without the full budget being signed into law by the governor.
The legislature is putting out “mini-budgets” in an effort to circumvent the governor’s vetoed budget. NCALA hopes to get the temporary special assistance and the resident personal needs allowance included in one of the “mini-budgets” since the original budget was vetoed by the governor. The proposed increase for Medicaid beneficiary special assistance funds and the proposed increase for residents’ personal needs allowance was passed by the legislature and includes a section that has $2,250,000 for special assistance personal needs allowance for adult care home residents. This increases the personal needs allowance for residents from $46 to $70 a month effective October 1, 2019. The budget also allocates $3,300,000 for temporary assistance for facilities that serve special assistance residents. The Governor vetoed the bill but the veto was overridden by the House and is awaiting a possible override vote in the Senate.
Senate Bill 302 and HB 70 have both been signed by the Governor and became effective the date of the signing. All other bills listed below are still waiting for committee actions and probably will not be approved in this 2019 Session.