Last night the conference committee report on the state fy 17 budget was announced. We had been monitoring the committee on the issue of the Health Safety Net cuts. The Senate had placed a moratorium on the cuts until the Spring of next year, while the House planned to study the cuts. Both the moratorium and the study were held in conference by the conferees, which essentially means they are dead.
The hospitals were successful in retaining the Senate language which allowed for a $15 million transfer to the Health Safety Net. The House language said "up to $15 million" whereas the Senate made the money definite. Unfortunately, the money doesn't translate into any policy changes on the Health Safety Net cuts