In typical fashion, the legislature is ending week two with appropriations meetings both on Thursday and Friday. Most committees are still in review mode, looking at the Governor's proposed budget, as well as dissecting the budgets for the state agencies under their review. One rumor that is still active is the merger of the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Health. We'll continue to watch this issue to see how it unfolds.
The Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee held a ½ day meeting today on numerous health care programs under its jurisdiction. The audience, numb by endless presentations from Agency staff, perked up when Senator Peaden concluded the meeting by directing all health agencies to submit a plan to the committee for its next Thursday meeting that will reduce their next year budget by 10%.