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2021 House Bill 4399: Appropriations: 2021-22 Department of Health and Human Services budget
Introduced by Rep. Mary Whiteford (R) on March 2, 2021
To provide a template or "place holder" for a potential Department of Health and Human Services appropriation for the 2021-2022 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2021.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on March 2, 2021
Reported in the House on May 6, 2021
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Felicia Brabec (D) on May 12, 2021
To increase spending on certain mental health diversion programs.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 12, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Laurie Pohutsky (D) on May 12, 2021
To revise amounts and details related to spending on government family planning programs and grants.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 12, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Cynthia Johnson (D) on May 12, 2021
To create an "office of race, equity, diversity, and inclusion" in the Department of Health and Human Services.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 12, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Felicia Brabec (D) on May 12, 2021
To give a $2 raise to front line social welfare direct care workers.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 12, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Helena Scott (D) on May 12, 2021
To spend more on low-income home energy assistance subsidies with at least 15% allocated to pay for home weatherization.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 12, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. John Cherry (D) on May 12, 2021
To add a $100 "placeholder" appropriation for a particular program.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 12, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Phil Green (R) on May 12, 2021
To proscribe the department requiring prior authorization, step therapy, or other restrictions for medications to treat opioid withdrawal symptom management.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 12, 2021
The House version of the Department of Health and Human Services budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2021. This covers welfare and Medicaid spending and is by far the state's largest annual appropriation. On an annualized basis, the bill would authorize $28.700 billion in gross spending, of which $21.191 billion is federal money, and the rest is from state and local taxes and fees.
Received in the Senate on May 13, 2021
Referred to the Senate on May 13, 2021
To send the bill back to the House "stripped" of all actual appropriations except $100 “placeholders.” This is part of a process for reconciling the House and Senate-passed department budgets for the next fiscal year.
Received in the House on May 19, 2021
To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill. The failed vote is a procedural device used for launching negotiations over the differences between the House and Senate budgets, and eventually for negotiating a final budget between a Republican-controlled legislature and a Democratic governor.

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