The Latest: State hears ideas for funding restoration
HELENA, Mont. (AP) – The Latest on a listening session about restoration of some health department budget cuts (all times local):
Health care providers and others made their case for how the state should restore about $30.5 million in funding to the health department.
The agency plans to reverse Medicaid provider rate cuts starting on Sept. 1, which will account for about $4 million of that.
Director Sheila Hogan and budget director Dan Villa were urged Wednesday to restore funding to services that save money by reducing spending on more acute services.
Commenters said cuts made in the face of a projected budget deficit gutted services that allowed people with physical and mental disabilities to remain in their communities and work, and caused the state to lose some providers.
Others argued for restoring funding for mental health and chemical dependency treatment, case management and home support services for struggling families.
Some of the restored money will qualify for federal matching funds.