Earlier this week the voters of Louisiana passed an amendment to the state constitution to protect the state’s Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly from cuts in the event of a projected deficit. The state constitution requires the legislature to make adjustments to the budget whenever it expects revenue will not cover existing appropriations. The amendment added the fund to the lists of funds that the state constitution exempts from these legislative budget “sweeps.”
The amendment was introduced in the state legislature as Senate Bill No. 82. It was one of nine proposed amendments that the legislature directed to be placed on the ballot for the November 6, 2012 election. The Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly is targeted to nursing home services.
Further North, Michigan voters rejected an option to establish a council on home health care that would be responsible for creating a registry and training workers. The home health workers would have had the right to bargain collectively with the council.