Ron DeSantis’ 2021-2022 budget proposal presented to House committee

Governor Ron Desantis’ recommendations for the budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year was presented to the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday.

Health and Human Services accounts for the largest share of the $96.6 billion budget. Nearly half, $42.4 billion, has been earmarked for health and human services. Nearly $12 billion of the funding will come from the state’s general fund. 

Nearly 80% of the $42.4 billion is for the Agency for Health Care Administration, which handles Medicaid in the state. The Department of Children and Families receives 10% of the budget as well.

The only reductions in  funding will be replaced by money provided by the federal government due to COVID-19 relief. The largest reductions come out of Medicaid, which the federal government is set to replace.

Last year, all agencies in Florida were told to hold back 6% of their funding allocation. This was due to the economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. While funding has increased year over year, agencies will still be told to hold back 6% of their funding through the 2022 fiscal year. 

 

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If passed, the budget would go into effect at the start of the next fiscal year on October 1.