The third special session of the 2018 Legislative year will begin at 4 p.m. today and must end by 6 p.m. June 27. The governor’s goal for this session is to pass legislation to raise revenue so deep cuts to state programs and services are not necessary. However, some House Republicans see it as an opportunity to rewrite House Bill 1 (the state budget) that was passed and signed by the Governor during the second special session, specifically the Louisiana Department of Health’s (LDH) budget. The House Appropriations Committee plans to hold a hearing on the LDH budget early this week.
For years disability services providers have been paid rates for services they provide that do not cover actual costs. Rates need to be restored and rebased so disability service providers are not forced to go out of business.
The current state budget does include an increase in the rate paid for overnight supports and an additional rate for individuals with high needs. Both of these rates will help prevent some disability service providers from being forced to go out of business.
However, The Community Provider Association (CPA) will continue to fight for $40 million to be included in the state budget so rates can be restored and rebased.