2019 Legislative Session Report
The 2019 legislative session ended at midnight on Sunday, April 28. We are proud of the accomplishments made this session. The State Operating budget includes a 17% average increase to AFH Medicaid rates over the next two years. The budget also includes new funding for activity programs, medical escort fees and rate increases for mental health services.
We passed legislation to work with DSHS on “Specialty Services” surrounding adult family homes serving residents with Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia/Alzheimer’s diagnoses. Additionally we were successful in passing legislation to create an “Adult Family Home Training Network” to leverage a training benefit to help subsidize training costs to adult family home providers.
While we are incredibly disappointed in the delay of our 8 bed legislation, we are very confident we will be able to get it over the finish line and to the Governor’s desk in 2020. Below are the details of the legislation from our agenda.
For more information, you can follow this link to watch the “Legislative Update” webinar held on Tuesday, April 30th. You can also get more information by signing up for one of our Spring Conferences where John Ficker will be making a presentation on the “2019 Legislative Session and our Next Steps”.
Please feel free to contact Maria Chiechi or John Ficker with any questions you may have.
SHB 1023 – Allowing certain adult family homes to increase capacity to eight beds. – Passed out of the House of Representatives unanimously. Senator Steve O’Ban added an amendment to this legislation in the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee. Passed out of the Senate unanimously. The bill was required to go back over to the House of Representatives for concurrence as it was changed in the Senate. In the end, the House of Representatives did not concur before the end of session. We will work with our prime sponsor again during the interim to bring it back in January 2020.
SB 5728 – Concerning the establishment of a training network for adult family homes. – Passed out of the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care. Referred to Senate Ways & Means and did not make it out of committee in time for cutoff.
SB 5672 – Concerning adult family home specialty services. – Passed out of the Senate unanimously. Amended in the House of Representatives with the language from SB 5728 – (Concerning the establishment of a training network for adult family homes) Passed out of the House of Representatives unanimously. The bill was required to go back over to the Senate for concurrence as it was changed in the House of Representatives. The Senate DID concur with a vote count of 31 Yeas & 17 Nays. It is now in the Governor’s office awaiting a signature.
HB 1087 – Concerning long-term services and supports. – Passed out of the House of Representatives with a vote count of 63 Yeas & 33 Nays. Passed out of the Senate with a vote count of 26 Yeas & 22 Nays. The bill was required to go back over to the House of Representatives for concurrence of the changes made in the Senate. The House of Representatives concurred with a final passage of 55 Yeas & 41 Nays. It is now in the Governor’s office awaiting a signature.