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Coming Up This Week -- The Senate Shows Their Budget Cards

Coming Up This Week -- The Senate Shows Their Budget Cards

May 16, 2005

On Tuesday, State Senate Ways and Means Chair Therese Murray will release the Senate leadership's version of the FY06 state budget. It will be debated in the Senate beginning next Monday, going for two, three or four days most likely. After the House produced a fiscally restrained budget that left advocates across the board disappointed, expectations are higher for the Senate version.

On health matters, we're waiting to see items such as: funding for MassHealth, especially for programs such as MassHealth Essential which is facing an enrollment cap, restoration of benefits such as adult dental, funding for the uncompensated care pool, public health, children's health access programs, and the Prescription Advantage program for seniors and disabled. Amendments, which can only be filed by Senators, will be due on Thursday.