On Thursday, July 15, 2010, the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies voted to approve a FY2011 draft spending bill. The bill would provide a total of $738.7 billion, $12.7 billion more than FY2010 levels but $1.5 billion less than the President's request. The draft bill contains the funding levels for programs authorized through the TBI Act as well as the TBI Model Systems of Care program. BIAA sent out a targeted action alert on Wednesday in order to improve the visibility of these programs among subcommittee members.
BIAA is analyzing the information released by the Subcommittee and will report to grassroots advocates once a committee report is release detailing specific program allotments. Stay tuned for further action when consideration is scheduled for the bill in the full Appropriations Committee.
BIAA Participates in ITEM Coalition Annual Meeting
On Wednesday, July 14, 2010, BIAA participated in the annual meeting of the Independence Through Enhancement of Medicare and Medicaid Coalition (ITEM). The group discussed defining rehabilitation for the implementation of the health care reform law as well as the impact on Medicaid after the failure of congress to extend the enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage.
BIAA will continue important work with the coalition and report any action taken.