July 1, 2016
Yesterday, the IL House and Senate passed a stopgap spending plan. The stopgap budget package provides a long-overdue cash infusion to struggling health and human service providers. This stopgap budget package was a bipartisan, bicameral compromise as a result of negotiations between Democrat and Republican General Assembly leadership and Governor Rauner. The appropriations bill that includes health and human service spending is SB2047, and the Governor signed it into law yesterday.
SB2047 appropriates all Other State Fund (OSF) dollars that were not yet released for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) and also appropriates all OSF dollars for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17). The bill also appropriates all federal pass-through dollars for FY17 (federal pass-through dollars were already appropriated for FY16).
When it comes health and human service programs that traditionally receive some funds from General Revenue Fund (GRF) dollars, much of that funding came out of the Commitment to Human Services Fund (OSF) in this stopgap budget package. Health and human service programs were appropriated 65% of what they would normally have received from GRF (this time coming out of the Commitment to Human Services Fund) over an 18-month period (the 18-month period being all of FY16 and half of FY17). Any program (e.g. Medicaid, most of Family Case Management, etc.) that is currently being paid under a court order/consent decree will continue to be paid under that court order/consent decree and these programs were therefore not included in the stopgap budget.
In terms of health and human services, the stopgap Budget deal includes more than $670 million for grants and programs not covered by consent decree or court order. This includes money for school health centers, breast and cervical cancer screenings, SIDS of Illinois, AIDS/HIV services, the adult and juvenile Redeploy programs, senior services, homeless services, youth programs, funeral and burial services for the poor, immigration services, minority family commissions, autism services, Teen Reach, youth programs and more.
While stop-gap measures and partial appropriations infuse some much-needed cash into critical state programs, they are not a full budget and they do not resolve one of the main root causes of our state's budget woes. Without raising the revenue our state needs, losses of programming, capacity, and human potential will never be restored. EverThrive Illinois urges Democrats and Republicans to put aside their differences and non-budget related agendas and work together to do the right thing - Raise the revenue needed for a responsible, fully funded budget putting an end to the instability and chaos the lack of a full budget over the past 12 months has inflicted.
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