Legislative update January 2018

Legislative update January 2018

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My name is Shawn O’Neill, and I’m the
Legislative Relations Manager here at the Health Care Authority, and that means
that I advocate and engage on agency priorities with members of the
legislature and other external partners and advocates. The legislative session this year is going well. It’s busy, it’s a short session so there’s a lot that is
compacted into a very short amount of time. It’s only sixty days rather than a
hundred and five days. Besides our policy objectives, we’re also very much
engaged on budget priorities, so all those decision packages that you all
were working on, we’re working on those with members of the legislature, and OFM,
and the Governor’s office. The legislation that HCA is working on this
session, or some technical fixes to the new School Employees Benefits Board.
We’ve also got a background check bill that allows us to contract with the FBI
for background checks for our non- emergency Medicaid transportation
providers, and we also are engaged on the Governor’s priorities like opioid
response and behavioral health
integration. I definitely would like to
thank everyone that’s doing bill analysis and also working on fiscal
notes, because I know the hours are long and the payoffs are are usually not
public and mentioned, and I guess everyone knows that everyone that does
that work is taken for granted and overworked this time of year, and so it
does not go in unnoticed by those of us that work
intimately with the legislative process. So thank you very much for all your hard
work! It keeps me real busy this time of year
so if you see me in the hall and I ignore you and don’t say hello or say hi and
keep on walking it’s usually because I’m late for a meeting or I’m trying to get
up to the hill and actually find parking, which is quite an ordeal! And so I
promise I will try to stop and say hi if I’ve been rude!

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