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Delegate Patrick Hope Reacts to Budget Conference Agreement Print

Hope applauds additional funding for Health and Human Resources.

Richmond - The Virginia House of Delegates agreed to a budget conference report on a vote of 97-0.  Delegate Patrick A. Hope (D-Arlington) particularly welcomed the portion of the budget that makes significant investments in transitioning individuals from institutions to community-based settings, 375 additional ID/DD waivers, the restoration of cuts to respite hours, and the restoration of cuts to Medicaid health care providers.

Delegate Patrick A. Hope touted today’s budget agreement saying, “The additional funding increasing services for those with mental disabilities is welcomed and long overdue.  This budget represents an initial down payment toward bringing services to our most vulnerable to acceptable levels.”  Hope continued, “We still have a long way to go and I’m committed to next year building on this investment and finishing the job.”

Referring to many provisions that budget conferees included at Delegate Hope’s insistence, “Frequently the squeaky wheel gets the grease.  But at the end of the day the conferees concluded that investing in people is fiscally sound policy.”  Hope continued, “I hope this represents a real policy shift in our Commonwealth away from institutional care and more toward home and community-based services.  This kind of policy is what will ultimately be what slows the growth in Medicaid.”

For a complete copy of the conference report, go to  http://leg2.state.va.us/MoneyWeb.NSF/Bud2011.

Patrick A. Hope is a Member of the Virginia General Assembly as the Delegate from the 47th District representing part of Arlington County.  He serves on the House Courts of Justice Committee and House Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee.


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Delegate Patrick Hope

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