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     Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 08:34:46 -0500
     From: "Ryan, Susan" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To: "Ryan, Susan" <[log in to unmask]>
  Subject: Fwd: VCDR Alert: Next Round of Program Cuts to be Announced Dec. 1
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Begin forwarded message:

> From: VCDR <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: November 20, 2008 5:22:24 PM EST
> Subject: VCDR Alert: Next Round of Program Cuts to be Announced Dec. 1
>
> To: VCDR Alert List
> From: Deborah Lisi-Baker, VCDR President
>
> Bleak Economic Forecast Leads to New Call for Program Cuts
>
> As we expected, the economic forecast on Nov. 18 was very grim, with  
>  a $42 million loss for FY 2009 and potentially twice that for 2010.  
>  State agencies have been told to identify 6 percent cuts in their   
> budgets. However, some state administrators say that the immediate   
> cuts could be closer to 12 percent to make up for lost federal match  
>  funds and the timing of this reduction.
>
> Agency of Human Services departments have been told to have their   
> suggestions for how to meet these cuts into the Secretary's Office   
> by Monday morning and that the Governor and his administrative staff  
>  will be reporting their revised budget on Dec. 1. I expect that  
> both  Joint Fiscal and the Health Access Oversight legislative  
> committees  will be among the legislative committees considering the  
> impact of  this new proposal.
>
> The legislative Joint Fiscal Committee has promised that there will   
> be pubic hearings to get broader input but there is a lot of   
> pressure from the Administration to move before the legislative   
> session. This raises major concerns because the Joint Fiscal   
> Committee is not authorized to make substantive cuts that result in   
> major policy change. In addition, the many outgoing legislators want  
>  to make sure that the outgoing legislative committees do not make   
> decisions that should be made by the newly elected Legislature which  
>  convenes in January.
>
> Many organizations are asking both the Administration and the   
> Legislature to exercise caution in implementing this next round of   
> cuts and to look for revenue solutions and other efficiencies that   
> will lessen direct service cuts. Even with this approach, the impact  
>  of these cuts is likely to radically change Vermont's disability  
> and  senior programs and other services that Vermonters depend on.
>
> At its Board of Governors meeting earlier this month, VCDR agreed to  
>  advocate for programs that benefit individuals with disabilities:   
> including Medicaid health benefits, developmental services funds,   
> mental health funding, home access funds, EPSDT, the Attendant   
> Services Program, other respite and personal care programs, and   
> funding for peer run programs. We will also be working with the   
> Administration and Legislature for approaches that minimize the   
> effect on essential direct services and rights protection programs.
>
> Many VCDR member organizations and other concerned groups are asking  
>  that the decision on budget cuts be taken up by the full General   
> Assembly and not be carried out by a committee of the Legislature.   
> We are also asking for greater public deliberation and for   
> leadership that considers the multiple impact of diverse budget cuts  
>  on vulnerable Vermonters. We will let you know as we get more   
> information. Please check our Web site, call us at 223-6140, or e-  
> mail us at [log in to unmask]
>
> Also, share your concerns with your local legislators. Contact   
> information can be found at:
>
> http://www.leg.state.vt.us/legdir/legdir2.htm
>
> Federal Stimulus Package Could Help Reduce State Shortfall
>
> Many Vermonters are calling our Congressional Delegation to ask them  
>  NOT TO WAIT TILL JANUARY to take immediate action to change the   
> current federal state match ratio for Medicaid programs. This   
> morning Josh Slen, director of the Office of Vermont Health Access,   
> said that a 4 percent increase in the federal payment for Medicaid   
> could save the state as much as $24 million. This proposal is part   
> of a proposed economic stimulus package now being considered by   
> Congress. The improved match does not solve Vermont's revenue   
> problem, but makes a significant improvement in what is otherwise a   
> very frightening picture.
>
> Your Calls Can Help - Call Now to Ask for Quick Passage of an   
> Improved Medicaid Match Rate
>
> If you want to help advocate for quick passage of the improved   
> federal match rate, please call:
>
> Senators Leahy  1-800-642-3193
> Senator Sanders  1-800-339-9834
> Representative Welch  1-888-605-7270
>
> TODAY if possible or as soon as you can.
>
> Tell them to vote for increasing the federal match money for   
> Medicaid. This will help reduce service reductions in Vermont's   
> Medicaid programs, including many of the disability and health care   
> services Vermonters depend on.
>

____________________
Susan M. Ryan, Ph.D.
Executive Director
and Professor
University of Vermont
Center on Disability and Community Inclusion
311 Mann Hall
208 Colchester Ave.
Burlington, VT 05405-1757
phone:	802-656-1143
fax:	802-656-1357
web:    	http://www.uvm.edu/~cdci
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Begin forwarded message: > From: VCDR <[log in to unmask]> > Date: November 20, 2008 5:22:24 PM EST > Subject: VCDR Alert: Next Round of Program Cuts to be Announced Dec. 1 > > To: VCDR Alert List > From: Deborah Lisi-Baker, VCDR President > > Bleak Economic Forecast Leads to New Call for Program Cuts > > As we expected, the economic forecast on Nov. 18 was very grim, with > a $42 million loss for FY 2009 and potentially twice that for 2010. > State agencies have been told to identify 6 percent cuts in their > budgets. However, some state administrators say that the immediate > cuts could be closer to 12 percent to make up for lost federal match > funds and the timing of this reduction. > > Agency of Human Services departments have been told to have their > suggestions for how to meet these cuts into the Secretary's Office > by Monday morning and that the Governor and his administrative staff > will be reporting their revised budget on Dec. 1. I expect that both > Joint Fiscal and the Health Access Oversight legislative committees > will be among the legislative committees considering the impact of > this new proposal. > > The legislative Joint Fiscal Committee has promised that there will > be pubic hearings to get broader input but there is a lot of > pressure from the Administration to move before the legislative > session. This raises major concerns because the Joint Fiscal > Committee is not authorized to make substantive cuts that result in > major policy change. In addition, the many outgoing legislators want > to make sure that the outgoing legislative committees do not make > decisions that should be made by the newly elected Legislature which > convenes in January. > > Many organizations are asking both the Administration and the > Legislature to exercise caution in implementing this next round of > cuts and to look for revenue solutions and other efficiencies that > will lessen direct service cuts. Even with this approach, the impact > of these cuts is likely to radically change Vermont's disability and > senior programs and other services that Vermonters depend on. > > At its Board of Governors meeting earlier this month, VCDR agreed to > advocate for programs that benefit individuals with disabilities: > including Medicaid health benefits, developmental services funds, > mental health funding, home access funds, EPSDT, the Attendant > Services Program, other respite and personal care programs, and > funding for peer run programs. We will also be working with the > Administration and Legislature for approaches that minimize the > effect on essential direct services and rights protection programs. > > Many VCDR member organizations and other concerned groups are asking > that the decision on budget cuts be taken up by the full General > Assembly and not be carried out by a committee of the Legislature. > We are also asking for greater public deliberation and for > leadership that considers the multiple impact of diverse budget cuts > on vulnerable Vermonters. We will let you know as we get more > information. Please check our Web site, call us at 223-6140, or e- > mail us at [log in to unmask] > > Also, share your concerns with your local legislators. Contact > information can be found at: > > http://www.leg.state.vt.us/legdir/legdir2.htm > > Federal Stimulus Package Could Help Reduce State Shortfall > > Many Vermonters are calling our Congressional Delegation to ask them > NOT TO WAIT TILL JANUARY to take immediate action to change the > current federal state match ratio for Medicaid programs. This > morning Josh Slen, director of the Office of Vermont Health Access, > said that a 4 percent increase in the federal payment for Medicaid > could save the state as much as $24 million. This proposal is part > of a proposed economic stimulus package now being considered by > Congress. The improved match does not solve Vermont's revenue > problem, but makes a significant improvement in what is otherwise a > very frightening picture. > > Your Calls Can Help - Call Now to Ask for Quick Passage of an > Improved Medicaid Match Rate > > If you want to help advocate for quick passage of the improved > federal match rate, please call: > > Senators Leahy 1-800-642-3193 > Senator Sanders 1-800-339-9834 > Representative Welch 1-888-605-7270 > > TODAY if possible or as soon as you can. > > Tell them to vote for increasing the federal match money for > Medicaid. This will help reduce service reductions in Vermont's > Medicaid programs, including many of the disability and health care > services Vermonters depend on. > ____________________ Susan M. Ryan, Ph.D. Executive Director and Professor University of Vermont Center on Disability and Community Inclusion 311 Mann Hall 208 Colchester Ave. Burlington, VT 05405-1757 phone: 802-656-1143 fax: 802-656-1357 web: http://www.uvm.edu/~cdci [log in to unmask]

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