On Tuesday, two Rhode Island House committees will take another close look at Governor Gina Raimondo’s proposed budgets for Medicaid and the state’s health and human services agency. The Senate heard similar proposals last week.
The hearings offer another opportunity for public testimony and committee members’ questions before the budgets hit the full House and Senate for consideration.
House finance subcommittee members will review the proposed budget for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. This is the agency that oversees Medicaid, the Department of Health, and the state’s behavioral health and disabilities programs. It accounts for nearly 40 percent of the state’s total budget.
The House Finance Committee will then consider three key articles in the governor’s proposed Medicaid budget. At stake are cuts in rates to nursing homes and hospitals, as well as an overhaul of the state’s long term care system. Some of the proposals come from the work of the Governor's Reinvent Medicaid working group.
These committee reviews are likely the final stop before the full House and Senate debate the budget and send their version back to the Governor.