The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute issued the following summary and overview of the Georgia Department of Community Health’s 2010 budget:
This brief summarizes the Department of Community Health’s fiscal year 2010 budget enacted by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Perdue. It goes into effect July 1, 2009.
Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare programs avoided significant cuts in large part due to a massive infusion of federal funds from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009. The legislature redirected even more tobacco settlement funds to Medicaid in FY 2010, which also prevented deep cuts. Both decisions have offset the declining state general fund and prevented major cuts to Medicaid reimbursement rates, eligibility, and covered services.
The Department of Community Health did not escape budget cuts completely, as administrative reductions (much like in other agencies) and several programmatic changes were included.
The Department of Community Health’s (DCH) FY 2010 budget also reflects the transfer of funding for the Division of Public Health as well as some regulatory functions from the Department of Human Resources (DHR) into DCH as part of DHR’s reorganization.
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