FSSA Budget Gets Ways & Means Committee Review
February 4, 2015 — TheStatehouseFile.com
INDIANAPOLIS – In a presentation to the Indiana House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday, the Family and Social Services Administration requested upwards of $6 billion in funding for the next biennium – making it the second biggest portion of the state’s two-year budget.
FSSA Secretary John Wernert and Chief Financial Office Paul Bowling gave an overview of their department’s proposed budget, which encompasses six separate divisions of services.
The FSSA is also in charge of distributing funding for HIP 2.0 – the state’s newly authorized expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan – that is expected to cover an additional 350,000 low-income Hoosiers. However, the program will be covered entirely by federal funding, cigarette tax revenue, and hospital assessment fees.
The requested budget for Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017 will provide funds for the Division of Aging, Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services, Division of Family Resources, Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning, and the Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning.
The Ways and Means Committee will finalize the first draft of the state’s two-year budget in the coming weeks.