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2018 Senate Bill 856: Appropriations: Department of Health and Human Services
Introduced by Sen. Peter MacGregor (R) on February 27, 2018
To provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Department of Health and Human Services. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on February 27, 2018
Reported in the Senate on May 1, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered in the Senate on May 3, 2018
To require the department to produce lesson plans and materials on domestic violence, sexual assault and dating violence, lessons on “affirmative consent” and more. Also, to authorize spending an amount to be determined later to pay local health departments to inspect prison kitchens.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 3, 2018
Amendment offered by Sen. Ian Conyers (D) on May 3, 2018
To authorize spending an unspecified amount on an African-American maternal health study pilot program focused on Detroit.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on May 3, 2018
Amendment offered by Sen. Vincent Gregory (D) on May 3, 2018
To spend an additional $6.4 million on non-Medicaid mental health services.
The amendment failed 15 to 21 in the Senate on May 3, 2018.
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Amendment offered by Sen. Vincent Gregory (D) on May 3, 2018
To revise many details of a provision authorizing a pilot project that selected Medicaid Health Plans to contract directly with service providers.
The amendment failed 15 to 21 in the Senate on May 3, 2018.
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Amendment offered in the Senate on May 3, 2018
To strip out a provision that would cut the pay of department officials if the federal government does not give the state permission to impose work requirements on able-bodied Medicaid recipients, which they would be required to do Senate Bill 897.
The amendment failed 14 to 22 in the Senate on May 3, 2018.
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Passed 27 to 9 in the Senate on May 3, 2018.
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The Senate version of the Department of Health and Human Services budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2018. This covers welfare and Medicaid spending and is by far the state's largest annual appropriation. The bill would authorize spending $25.117 billion in gross spending, of which $18.345 billion is federal money, and the rest is from state and local taxes and fees.
Received in the House on May 8, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Laura Cox (R) on May 10, 2018
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that contains no appropriations except a few $100 "placeholders" on some line items.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 10, 2018
Passed 106 to 2 in the House on May 15, 2018.
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To send the bill back to the Senate "stripped" of all actual appropriations, leaving it as a "template" or "placeholder." This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets. The House has actually passed its version of the full budget in two "omnibus" bills, House Bills 5578 and 5579.
Received in the Senate on May 16, 2018
Received in the House on May 23, 2018
Received in the Senate on June 12, 2018
Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 12, 2018

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