This Week in Public Policy - June 25-29, 2018

In Ohio:

On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, the House of Representatives voted 80-0 to pass House Bill 572 (PERS for County Board School Employees). The bill fixes an issue related to a new interpretation of the law that would have only permitted county board of developmental disability school employees (non-teachers) to obtain 9 months service credit towards retirement instead of a year of service credit, like everyone else does.

On Thursday, the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee held a hearing on the issue of prescription drug costs for individuals on Medicaid. Legislators are not happy with recent media reports that pharmacy benefit managers are charging up to 3 times normal costs per prescription to Medicaid. The Ohio Department of Medicaid asked for more time to get answers to questions about why the fee per customer using Medicaid appears to be higher than those who do not (the fee is not charged to Medicaid consumers, but charged to Medicaid, and ultimately, taxpayers).

On Friday, June 29, 2018, Governor Kasich signed House Bill 332 (Organ Transplant Discrimination). The bill would prohibit a person’s disability from being used to deny an individual a place on the organ transplant list. The law will go into effect in 90 days.

In Washington:

On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, the House Committee on Appropriations held a markup of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for 2019. The committee report recommends appropriation levels for the following programs:

Program

2018

President 2019

Committee 2019

Autism and Other Developmental Disorders

 

 

LEND Earmark

 

$49,099,000

 

 

 

 

 

$0

 

 

 

 

 

$52,099,000

 

 

(Not less than $36,000,000)

DD Councils

$76,000,000

$56,000,000

$76,000,000

State P&As

$40,734,000

$38,734,000

$40,734,000

Voting Access for Individuals with Disabilities

$  6,963,000

$  4,963,000

$  6,963,000

Projects of National Significance

 

Transportation Earmark

$12,000,000

 

 

$  1,050,000

 

 

$12,000,000

 

($1,000,000)

UCEDDs

$40,619,000

$32,546,000

$40,619,000

Independent Living

 

CILS Earmark

State Grants Earmark

$113,183,000

 

 

 

$95,997,000

 

 

 

$120,000,000

 

($93,000,000)

($27,000,000)

Assistive Technology

 

Financing Earmark

$36,000,000

 

 

$31,939,000

 

 

$36,000,000

 

($2,000,000)

ACL Administration

$41,063,000

$37,987,000

$41,063,000

Office of Disability Employment Policy

$38,203,000

$27,000,000

$38,203,000

Birth Defects, DD, Disabilities and Health Research

$140,560,000

$110,000,000

$150,560,000

Adoption Assistance – Special Needs Earmark

$2,867,000,000

$3,063,000,000

$3,063,000,000

National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research

$104,970,000

 

 

 

$ 0

(Executive Budget proposed moving this program into the National Institutes of Health)

$104,970,000 (House Committee said No)

 

 

Impact Aid – Students with Disabilities

$48,316,000

$48,316,000

$48,316,000

Special Education – Part B Grants to States

$12,277,848,000

$12,002,848,000

$12,327,848,000

Special Education – Preschool Grants – FAPE 3 to 5

$381,120,000

$368,238,000

$395,000,000

Special Education – Infants and Families – Birth to 2

$470,000,000

$458,556,000

$470,000,000

IDEA – National Activities

$237,216,000

$222,133,000

$229,803,000

Special Education – Educational Technology, Media, and Materials

$28,047,000

$28,047,000

$28,047,000

Special Education – Parent Information Centers

$27,411,000

$27,411,000

$27,411,000

Special Education – Personnel Preparation

$83,700,000

$83,700,000

$89,000,000

Special Education – State Personnel Development

$38,630,000

$38,630,000

$41,000,000

Special Education – Technical Assistance and Dissemination

$59,428,000

$44,345,000

$44,345,000

Vocational Rehabilitation – State Grants

$3,452,931,000

$3,521,990,000

$3,521,990,000

Client Assistance State Grants

$13,000,000

$13,000,000

$13,000,000

Rehab Services – Training

$29,388,000

$29,388,000

$29,388,000

Rehab Services – Demonstration and Training Programs

$5,796,000

$9,296,000

$5,796,000

Rehab Services – Protection and Advocacy

$17,650,000

$17,650,000

$17,650,000

Rehab Services – Supported Employment State Grants

$22,548,000

$ 0

$22,548,000

Rehab Services – Independent Living – Blind

$33,317,000

$33,317,000

$33,317,000

Rehab Services – Hellen Keller National Center

$12,500,000

$10,336,000

$14,000,000

Special Institutions for Persons with Disabilities

$228,431,000

$216,733,000

$237,792,000

American Printing House for the Blind

$27,431,000

$25,431,000

$28,431,000

National Technical Institute for the Deaf

$73,000,000

$70,016,000

$75,000,000

Higher Education – Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

$11,800,000

$11,800,000

$11,800,000

Research in Special Education

$56,000,000

$54,000,000

$56,000,000

Special Education Studies and Evaluations

$10,818,000

$10,818,000

$10,818,000

National Council on Disability

$3,250,000

$3,211,000

$3,250,000


Next Week in Public Policy: July 2 - 6, 2018

Happy Independence Day!


Announcement

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