From the Massachusetts Home Care Alliance:
Governor Deval Patrick released his version of the state's FY2011 budget today, the first of many budget iterations that we will see over the coming months.
In what Senate President Therese Murray called the state's worst budget year, the Governor cut nearly $800 million and proposed lifting the sales tax ban on soda and candy in order to raise $51.7 million for public health services.
Home care, however, largely avoided harm as the "MassHealth Senior Care" and "MassHealth Fee for Service" were increased. In the state's ASAP program, home care case management and Enhanced Community Options remained level funded.
We will post more on the Governor's budget proposal on our website, www.thinkhomecare.org, along with advocacy messages, and further updates as they become available.
Director of Legislative & Public Affiars
HCA of Massachusetts