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Governor Signs Budget

Budget Plan (April 20, 2022) – Today, Governor Kelly also signed House Substitute for Senate Bill 267, the budget bill, into law with certain line-item provisions vetoed. The provisions struck from the overall budget by line-item veto included:

  • Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, the Legislator-specific section that would have allowed legislators to change their selection to participate in the KPERS retirement system.
  • State Board of Regents, Benedictine College Engineering Program.

Other important components of the budget bill include:

  • Medicaid increases for air and ground ambulance services.
  • Extending pregnant women's coverage to 12 months postpartum.
  • Adding $362,213 in State General Funds for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program to fully fund cancer screening for the uninsured and underinsured in fiscal years 2022 and 2023.
  • Adding funds to increase reimbursement rates for Emergency Medical Services provider codes for FY 2023.
  • Adding $1.4 million to provide coverage through the Children's Health Insurance Program for children residing in a household having a gross household income at or under 250.0 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines for FY 2023.
  • Adding $2.9 million to raise provider reimbursement rates for pediatric primary care services to 100.0 percent of the Medicare reimbursement rate for FY 2023.
  • Adding language to increase the amount available for transfer from the Medical Assistance Fee Fund to the Kansas Newborn Screening Fund for up to $5.0 million for FY 2023.
  • Adding language to instruct the agencies involved to advise and consult with the chairperson and ranking minority member of the House and Senate Social Services Committees on the development and adjustment of the human services consensus caseload estimates for FY 2023.
  • Adding $122.2 million to provide a 25.0 percent reimbursement rate increase, excluding T1000 code for specialized nursing, for providers of home and community-based services for intellectual and developmental disability waiver services.
  • Adding $65.2 million to provide a rebase of the nursing facility's daily Medicaid rate for FY 2023. This amount is the difference between the amount to fully rebase the daily rate and the 3.0 percent increase already included in the governor's budget recommendation.
  • Adding $11.8 million to provide a 10.0 percent reimbursement rate increase for providers of HCBS frail elderly waiver services.
  • Adding $12.5 million to provide a 4.0 percent reimbursement rate increase for Medicaid behavioral health services.
  • Adding $7.7 million and language to increase the reimbursement rate for the T1000 Medicaid code for specialized nursing care from $43.00 per hour to $47.00 per hour.
  • Adding $2.0 million to assist with staffing at psychiatric residential treatment facilities.
  • Adding $2.5 million to increase the amount provided to community developmental disability organizations to fulfill their role in assessing individuals for the HCBS I/DD waiver.