The Children’s Family Health and Human Services Committee intends to make a decision on whether or not to continue their objection to rules which the Department of Health and Human Services intends to implement on Oct. 1. This meeting will take place on Sept. 11, in Helena. These new Medicaid provider rate rules have come about because of the Legislature’s passage and subsequent signing of Senate Bill 261 into law.

I recommend the CFHHS Committee continue their objection and task the department to come up with more equitable rules so that the most vulnerable in our community will not be harmed. This objection could be upheld at least until the next meeting of the CFHHS Committee in December.

This is vital to our community. One in seven people using Medicaid has a disability — many of them are children — and the health services they depend on are now in jeopardy because of SB261. Medicaid is the means to independence for many children, seniors and adults with disabilities and their families. The Department’s proposed rules will harm people in our community, limiting supports needed by our most vulnerable.

Please tell the CFHHS Committee to continue their objection to the new Medicaid provider rate rules.

Shelley Oksness

Easter Seals-Goodwill

Northern Rocky Mountain Inc.