February 8, 2015
Dear CTBISN Members and Supporters,
This was just brought to my attention!
The Governor has proposed to completely repeal the statutory provision which requires Medicaid waivers, or amendments to waivers, to go through a rigorous legislative review process, with a Hearing and with the committees having power to reject a waiver or waiver amendment, as provided in Conn. Gen. Stat. Section 17b-8. This appears in section 32 of the Governor's bill S 17 which would repeal § 17b-8.
This would remove a critical protection for brain injury survivors and MANY others. The fact that Waivers and Amendments to those Waivers, have to go before the committees of cognizance (Appropriations and Human Services) serves as an important moderating force, and advocates, families, providers and survivors as well as advocates for other disabled populations have gotten some helpful changes through that process. The process also allows our legislators hold state agencies accountable when they are not following the required laws in their proposals!
I truly cannot imagine what will occur, if this safeguard is removed, and state agencies no longer have to get Legislative approval for any and all changes they propose. I strongly oppose this proposal and urge you to do the same! We must all oppose this proposal and if possible, make every effort to testify. We MUST be ready to testify before the Appropriations Committee if the bill passes through Human Services, this Thursday, 2/11/2015.
I do Not have the schedule yet, but will let you know immediately when I do.
Some have already commented that they feel the Governor is doing this due to the fact that the proposal to outsource the Waiver WAS DENIED, In December.
PLEASE BE READY TO GO TO HARTFORD THIS THURSDAY - THIS IS CRITICAL AND COULD CHANGE ALL OUR SURVIVORS LIVES IF PASSED.
Mom to Brain Injury Survivor Ryan Cornell
CTBISN - Ct Brain Injury Support Network