March 11, 2014
HB 954 would extend the Medicaid renewal period so that renewals that otherwise would occur during the period of January 1, 2014, through March 31, 2014, could occur later. Additional avenues for coverage would also be created based on eligibility for programs such as the Federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).
The Church has consistently supported legislation that ensures access to quality, affordable, life-giving health care for all. Expanding the renewal period and creating additional avenues to attain health care are worthy endeavors to ensure access to health care. The Conference urges the General Assembly to make every effort to provide expanded health care.
For these reasons, we urge a favorable report on HB 954.