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Budget Conference Committee Begins Meeting

Budget Plan (April 6, 2021) – Today, conferees of the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Ways and Means Committee met to work through the differences in the House and Senate budget proposals. The final bill will be incorporated into House Bill 2007. The differences between the House and Senate budget proposals may be viewed online.

Some of the differences between the House and Senate budget include:

  • K-TRACS funding – The House added $145,000 of State General Funds to fund K-TRACS. The Senate deleted transfers from the Kansas Board of Healing Arts and Kansas State Board of Nursing intended to fund K-TRACS for the fiscal year 2022.
  • Funding for the Kansas Trauma Program to sustain the program's statutory requirements to address the treatment and survival of critical injuries throughout the state for FY 2022.
  • Adding language to transfer $19M from the State General Fund to fund the enhancement request for the increased state share of the Children's Health Insurance Program for FY 2022, rather than Medicaid expansion that was in Governor Laura Kelly's budget proposal.
  • Adding language requiring the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to establish a prospective payment system under the Medical Assistance Program for funding certified community behavioral health clinics.
  • Adding language to increase the maximum amount allowed for transfer from the Medical Assistance Fee Fund to the Newborn Screening Fund from $2.5M to $5M in FY 2022.
  • Adding $25 million to increase the daily reimbursement rate for nursing facilities for FY 2022.
  • Adding language to lift the moratorium on admissions at any of the state hospitals.
  • Adding $20.5 million to provide a 3.0 percent increase in the Medicaid reimbursement rate for nursing facilities for FY 2022.
  • Directing state agencies to submit performance-based budgets and allot 2.0 percent from state appropriations for those that do not implement performance-based budgeting.
  • 2.0 percent across the board cut in expenditures excluding debt service for FY 2022.

The conference committee will continue negotiations throughout the coming days. The Kansas Hospital Association will continue to update you on the activity at the statehouse as we work to ensure the best outcomes for our members.