A few updates for MDS families and staff from Marylouise Alther (December 1, 2020)

The swearing in of new legislators is set for Wednesday, December 3, 2020. Organization Day, as it's called, will be held outside this year in light of the coronavirus situation.

It is still unknown when and where the Legislature will actually meet. The Democrats wish to meet via Zoom or other technology, but many Republicans have resisted the idea of not meeting in person. The NH Supreme Court ruled 4-0 that it is not a violation of the state’s constitution to have sessions remotely. If the Legislature were to meet in the Representatives’ Hall, only 125-130 people could fit in in order to meet the CDC guidelines. There are 400 representatives. With the average age of the Representatives of around 60, it is not in anyone’s best interest to meet in person.

Because the House and Senate turned over to the Republicans, they now have the Majority. No one knows, yet, what their decision will be in regards to how the Legislature will meet.

At this point, the 3.1% Medicaid rate increase is still a law and in the budget. However, with COVID-19 financial issues, it is uncertain which portions of the budget will stay and which will go.

In terms of the DD wait list funding, it is unknown if the wait list will be fully funded. As we receive more current information, we will send it along to staff and families.

Your voices are still very important, so please don't hesitate to call or write your legislator. Please feel free to contact me if you don’t know who your legislators are, and if you would like help crafting your message. Every voice is important.

Thank you.
Marylouise Alther, MDS Legislative Liaison
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