Second Session of 56th Legislature may complete work early

Posted on: 4/25/18


SB 1600 is the General Appropriation bill setting funding amounts for all appropriated state agencies for FY2019, beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019. The bill was voted from the Joint Committee on Appropriations & Budget on Tuesday, April 24 and was approved by Senate today. According to House Appropriations and Budget Chair Kevin Wallace, “This is a great budget. This is the first time since I’ve been here that we’re not arguing about who we are cutting to balance the budget.”
 
Common education funding received a 19.8 percent increase as well as increases for the Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (to cover the Graduate Medical Education funding – GME) as well as the Department of Corrections.

The OHA along with nursing homes, home health providers, and providers for individuals with developmental disabilities, are urging legislators to use the increased federal funding for Medicaid that will be available for FY2019 to begin to restore Medicaid provider rates. For hospitals, payment cuts incurred since 2010 could partially be restored with $94 million in new funding. For details, click here for a coalition press release, and click here to view the OHA Advocacy Day legislator handout.

Second special session adjourns sine die


The Legislature adjourned the second special session sine die after four months of work that included the passage of the first revenue-raising measures since Oklahoma voters changed the state’s Constitution in 1992 requiring that both houses of the Legislature pass revenue measures with a supermajority of elected members (SQ 640).  SQ 640 also includes a provision that upon “sine die” adjournment of the session in which tax increases are passed by a supermajority, they cannot become effective for 90 days. This is to allow any citizen to circulate a petition to repeal the tax increases. For more, click here. (Lynne White) 

OHA Partners with Qualivis 


Qualivis was developed as a collaborative effort among multiple state hospital associations to meet the temporary staffing needs of member hospitals and health systems.

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