Friday, May 24, 2013

What's the status on the Siegfreid Proviso & House Budget Recommendation?

Earlier this week...
You'll recall from earlier posts that we've requested your help in urging House members to oppose the current House budget report (coming from a joint budget conference committee) that contains a KanCare/DD proviso submitted by Rep. Siegfreid - a proviso which does NOT carve out of long-term DD services from KanCare.

Our position on this remains firm, and we urge you to stay in touch with your local Representatives requesting them to vote NO.  We also encourage you to request that your Representatives prompt their leadership for a vote specific to carve out.

So what's the status now?
Currently, House leadership has decided to wait to vote on the budget until a tax agreement is made.  However, if you've been following the news, coming to an agreement on tax issues has become a long, drawn-out battle contributing to an extended legislative session.

UPDATE: The House just adjourned at around 9:40am and will return on Tuesday.

How can I stay tuned in?
We will absolutely put out the word when we hear activity is going to take place related to budget activity and any activity related to KanCare & DD.  Meanwhile, if you want to keep an eye on the tax debate you might want to jump on Twitter and follow these guys/gals/organizations (warning: following these Tweets can get a little addictive!)

@KSlegBot (Statehouse updates on chamber schedules)
@BrentWistrom (Statehouse Reporter, Wichita Eagle)
@ljwrothschild (Statehouse Reporter, Lawrence Journal World)
@bradc25 (Statehouse Reporter, KC Star)
@andymarso (Statehouse Reporter, Topeka Capital-Journal)
@WE_Tweet (Wichita Eagle Blog)
@APjdhanna (Statehouse Reporter, Associated Press)
@KHIorg (Kansas Health Institute)

Be sure to follow your local legislators too!

Oh - and you can always listen to live House and Senate proceedings at

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