HCA submits supplemental budget proposal

Monday, September 23, 2019

The Health Care Authority has submitted its requests for the 2020 supplemental budget. In addition to routine annual requests for adjustments related to caseload and utilization, HCA is requesting support in several areas:

  • Savings restoration: HCA’s current enacted budget contains savings assumptions that are not attainable.  These have recently been restored on a year-by-year basis.  We have updated these steps to reflect more accurate FY20 and FY21 calculations.
  • Community behavioral health: Additional funds for key program components of the state’s psychiatric inpatient treatment system, as well as funding for the mental health drop-in centers, peer respite centers, and Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) teams.
  • Public employees benefits/school employees benefits:  The Public Employees Benefits Board and School Employees Benefits Board directed HCA to pursue authority to increase the long-term disability benefit. In addition, HCA is requesting additional funding for support of open enrollment activities and key infrastructure investments in the School Employees Benefits Board Program.
  • Agency investments: Funding to support ongoing costs associated with the community behavioral health staff integration, investments in workforce to be in parity with staffing reclassifications funded in other agencies, and needed tools to secure and support an increasingly mobile workforce.