Appropriations and Ways and Means Conference Committees Reach Agreement on State Budget
(April 8, 2021) – Late last night, members of the House Appropriations and Senate Ways and Means conference committees reached an agreement on a budget bill to be discussed by the House and Senate before the first adjournment deadline on April 9.
Some of the items agreed upon in the budget include:
- Including language that would require the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to reimburse entities that have entered into an agreement with the agency and are providing community testing to the general public with special revenue funds in fiscal year 2021
- Providing $15 increase for daily reimbursement rate for nursing facilities for 178 days in FY 2021
- Added funding to provide for an additional 5.0 percent increase in provider reimbursement rates for the Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Intellectual/Developmental Disability waiver in FY 2021
- Adding additional funding for local health departments
- Adding language requiring the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to establish a prospective payment system under the medical assistance program to fund certified community behavioral health clinics and submit to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- Adding language directing KDHE to make expenditures to lift the moratorium on admissions at any of the state hospitals and directing that the agency shall make no expenditures which impose a moratorium on admissions at any state hospital for fiscal year 2022
The conferees also left several items, including those related to performance-based budgets and blanket two percent reductions, off the agenda until they meet for omnibus. Kansas Hospital Association staff monitored the discussions and looks forward to continuing to work with legislators over the break to ensure the best outcome for members.