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Budget Brief: The Senate Ways & Means FY 2012 Budget Proposals for MassHealth and Related Programs

This Budget Brief on the Senate Ways and Means proposals for MassHealth and related health care programs is the fourth in a new series published by the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute and produced by MassBudget in partnership with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute. These fact sheets will be published at each stage of the budget process, examining and explaining the proposals put forth by the Governor, the House, and the Senate

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Budget Monitor: The Senate Ways & Means Fiscal Year 2012 Budget

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Senate Ways and Means (SWM) budget proposal shares a basic structure with the proposals from the Governor and House. All three rely primarily on budget cuts and reform initiatives to close the $1.9 billion gap between the revenues expected to be available and the cost of providing current services.

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Budget Brief: The House FY 2012 Budget Proposals for MassHealth and Related Programs

This Budget Brief on the House proposals for MassHealth and related health care programs is the third in a new series published by the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute and produced by MassBudget in partnership with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute. These fact sheets will be published at each stage of the budget process, examining and explaining the proposals put forth by the Governor, the House, and the Senate.

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Budget Monitor: The House Fiscal Year 2012 Budget

The final budget approved by the House of Representatives for Fiscal Year 2012 includes modestly more funding than recommended by the House Ways & Means Committee in several areas, but largely follows the HWM proposal in implanting deep cuts across state government.

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Budget Monitor: The House Ways & Means Fiscal Year 2012 Budget

The House Ways & Means (HWM) budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, like the Governor’s proposal, relies primarily on budget cuts and savings to close a $1.9 billion gap between the cost for maintaining current services and the revenue expected to be available in FY 2012. The HWM budget cuts somewhat more deeply than the Governor’s proposal in health care accounts, most significantly by eliminating the Commonwealth Care Bridge program that provides health insurance to close to 20,000 legal immigrants.

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Budget Brief: The House Ways & Means FY 2012 Budget Proposals for MassHealth and Related Programs

This Budget Brief on the House Ways & Means proposals for MassHealth and related health care programs is the second in a new series being published by the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute and produced by MassBudget in partnership with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute. These fact sheets will be published at each stage of the budget process, examining and explaining the proposals put forth by the Governor, the House, and the Senate.

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Impact of Proposed Federal Budget Cuts on Massachusetts’ Residents

Proposed legislation (H.R. 1) that funds the federal government through the final six months of Fiscal Year 2011 (FY 2011) cuts funding for non-security discretionary programs by $66 billion, or an average of 14.3 percent. Economists warn that these reductions in federal spending, including grants to states, could increase unemployment and weaken the national economy in the short-term. They will also significantly decrease funding for programs that invest in our state’s long-term economic health and in the well-being of our residents.

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Budget Brief: The Governor’s FY 2012 Budget Proposals for MassHealth and Related Programs

This Budget Brief on the Governor’s proposals for MassHealth and related health care programs is the first in a new series being published by the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute and produced by MassBudget in partnership with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute. These fact sheets will be published at each stage of the budget process, examining and explaining the proposals put forth by the Governor, the House, and the Senate.

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Budget Monitor: The Governor’s Fiscal Year 2012 Budget

In the coming fiscal year (Fiscal Year 2012) the state is facing a budget gap of approximately $1.9 billion between the cost of providing current services and the revenue projected to be available. The Governor’s budget (House 1) proposes closing this gap with a combination of deep cuts, significant reforms, limited use of reserve funds and other temporary revenues, and modest revenue initiatives.

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Quality, Cost, and Purpose: Comparisons of Government and Private Sector Payments for Similar Services

We count on government to do many important things–things we can’t do alone–like provide good schools, protect our environment, promote public safety, and offer a safety net for those facing misfortune. In fact, we frequently take these essential functions for granted. Furthermore, we hope and expect that our investments in these shared priorities will be made as efficiently as possible. But are they? Occasional gross misuses of tax dollars often make the news–as they should. We need to hold government to a high standard and demand that waste is attacked and eliminated. But how can we really know whether our government is spending money wisely in general? (Click here to read the report.) And Read the related op-ed in the Boston Globe, “Look at what the state is doing right.”

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