The Division of Public Health / Early Intervention Branch has proposed a change in the service delivery model for the Infant Toddler Program. Currently there have been no new developments or announcements from the Early Intervention Branch. NCOTA representatives are in dialogue with the EI Branch. Keep checking this website for more information. We also need YOUR input if you provide Infant Toddler Services. Please complete this survey: Infant Toddler Survey (even if you completed an earlier survey). Keep reading for more information and NCOTA's statement about proposed changes.
Senate OKs its Version of 2010-2011 Budget; House Budget Writers Already at WorK
The NC Senate finished its work on the 2010-2011 Budget May 20. The near $19 billion spending plan was $570 million less than the 2009-2010 budget and almost $160 million below the plan Gov. Perdue proposed in April. The budget was developed with few public meetings. The only change among the items reported on last week was a projected increase to savings anticipated by Community Cares of North Carolina. CCNC is now expected to generate savings in excess of $45 million.
© 2010 Evelyn Hawthorne, NCOTA Government Relations Consultant
Lawmakers Return to Convene “Short Session” May 12
The North Carolina State House and Senate gaveled in the 2010 session of the General Assembly at noon May 12. Both Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight (D-Dare) and House Speaker Joe Hackney (D-Chatham) emphasized the need to get to the true reason for the short session – making necessary adjustments to the budget. The economy’s somber tone and the likelihood of the fiscal mess to fester into 2011 clearly weighed heavily on lawmakers, as was evident in recent press availability by the Senate leadership in the following link courtesy of The Greensboro News and Record:
Announcement from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):
"On April 15, 2010, President Obama signed into law the “Continuing Extension Act of 2010.” This law extends through May 31, 2010, the zero percent update to the Medicare Physician
Fee Schedule (MPFS) that was in effect for claims with dates of service January 1, 2010 through March 31, 2010. The law is retroactive to April 1, 2010.