The House and Senate have each passed their own version of H.R. 1 and are now starting a House/Senate Conference Committee to iron out their differences. Both bills are bad for older adults. At risk are the medical expense tax deduction, private activity bonds and advance refunding, and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.
The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed major tax reform legislation. Attention on efforts to make the first major changes to the federal tax code in decades now turns to the U.S. Senate, where a vote is expected as early as next week.
Just when everyone thought we had a breather from fighting efforts to cut and cap Medicaid, things have changed once again in the Senate. Medicaid opponents could bring another piece of health care legislation to the Senate floor before the end of September.
The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) is in the process of User Acceptance Training (UAT) for the MITS hospice portal. Several ODM staff are testing the portal and are actively working to make certain the system is ready for the August 16, 2017 release date. ODM is also slated to have a conference call with a hospice that has been utilizing the portal for some time, to gather “hands on” information to apply during the UAT process.
This morning the Ohio House of Representatives voted to override 11 of the Governor’s 47 line-item vetoes, including those affecting nursing facility payment rates and Medicaid MLTSS (Managed Long Term Services and Supports).
Yesterday, the Ohio Senate released its version of the biennium budget Sub HB49 (R. Smith). The Senate took into consideration the recent revenue projections of the Office of Budget and Management (OBM) and the assumption that Medicaid caseloads would increase more than the executive budget predicted. In a press conference, Senate President Larry Obhof stated, “The bill maintains tax cuts and reforms from previous budget cycles and does not dip into the Rainy Day Fund .” The Senate looked to close the gap of what they believe is a projected budget shortfall of over $1 billion. The Senate Finance Committee accepted the sub bill for consideration.
Last week, the Ohio House of Representatives released its iteration of the biennial budget, outlining its priorities for the coming two years. The House was under additional pressure as the Office of Management and Budget estimated an additional $800 million shortfall that needed to be accommodated. The House successfully stripped $630 million from the executive budget levels, some of it at a cost to senior service providers.