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CFH&HS Interim Committee June Update


Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Sue O'Connell, Committee Research Analyst

CFHHS Requests Hunger Legislation, Works on Child Trauma Study

The Children, Families, Health, and Human Services Interim Committee in May wrapped up its study of childhood hunger by agreeing to introduce two bills in the 2013 Legislature. The bills would appropriate funds to encourage use of the School Breakfast Program and to develop out-of-school food support programs.

The committee also agreed to introduce a bill for a one-time payment to Medicaid providers. The payment is designed to make up for the loss of expected revenue that occurred when Gov. Brian Schweitzer eliminated a scheduled rate increase in fiscal year 2011 as part of the reductions he was required by law to make when the state budget picture was bleaker.

The committee continued work on its Senate Joint Resolution 30 study of childhood trauma. Members heard from several groups of speakers and then identified four topics to follow up on during the last two meetings of the interim.

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Sue O'Connell | soconnell@mt.gov | 406-444-3597