2006 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Morgan
Co-Patron(s): Tyler, Wittman
Prenatal, OB and Pediatric Pilot Projects

Item 293 #9h

Item 293 #9h

First Year - FY2007 Second Year - FY2008
Health And Human Resources
Health, Department of FY2007 $1,000,000 FY2008 $750,000 GF

Page 250, line 38, strike "$13,735,416" and insert "$14,735,416".
Page 250, line 38, strike "$13,235,416" and insert "$13,985,416".

(This amendment adds funds to support the start-up and operation of two pilot project birthing centers, pursuant to Chapter 926, 2005 Acts of Assembly. These birthing centers will operate in Emporia and on the Northern Neck to replace the loss of obstetrical services in these regions. The institution of birthing centers was a recommendation of the Governor's Rural Obstetric Access Task Force. To date, a Virginia Health Department task force has developed policies and protocols, established a 501(c)(3) corporation, and engaged in discussions with local federally qualified health centers to expand services to include child-birthing in birth centers. Funds would be used to cover start-up costs of operation, including the hiring of staff and purchasing of supplies and equipment. It is expected that matching support from the communities will be obtained to renovate space and a capital fund raising campaign will be undertaken with the goal of having the centers fully operational in the second year.)