FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ATLANTA – According to the report, the governor’s budget recommendations for FY 2013 increase state General Funds to the Department of Community Health (DCH); however, the increase is misleading. The bulk of the new funding restores funding originally diverted from the DCH budget in FY 2011 and FY 2012. Excluding the restored funding, the FY 2013 budget increases by $56.4 million which represents only a 2.7 percent increase.
FY 2013 Budget Highlights
The FY 2013 budget:
- Restores $77.5 million originally diverted to the SHBP in FY 2012 and adds $82.2 million to the Medicaid and PeachCare programs to fund the 12th monthly capitation payment in FY 2013.
- Adds $26.3 million for projected enrollment and cost increases.
- Adds $8 million to allow eligible children of state employees to enroll in the PeachCare program (generating state savings in the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP).
- Adds $4.7 million to increase reimbursement rates for providers serving the PeachCare program.
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