A “mini” budget that includes additional CARES Act expenditures was released in Senate Appropriations this morning. The budget, which was a committee substitute to HB 1023, includes funding for a number of NCAH’s priorities. We expect the General Assembly to pass this bill swiftly and recess with plans to return to Raleigh in the near future to address additional needs and allocate the remaining CARES Act funds.
Here are how NCAH’s priorities fared in the budget:
- Funding million to eliminate the reduced-price lunch copay – included
- Funding for food banks – not included
- Funding for School Nutrition Programs – included
- No cuts to tobacco cessation services – no cuts are made
In addition to appropriations, NCAH has been working with partners on a number of statutory changes, which are making their way through the legislative process. These include:
- Giving DHHS the ability to apply for a waiver to the work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents who receive SNAP.
- Reducing the amount of indirect costs that School Nutrition Programs are required to pay.
- Protecting the requirement that new jails have outdoor exercise space.
- Protecting funding for the Rural Operating Assistance Program (ROAP), which is critical to ensuring that older adults and people with disabilities have transportation to access necessary medical services, meals, employment, and other essential resources.