OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-681

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MINORITY HEALTH ADVISORY COMMISSION.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 09 $

FY 10 $

Office of the Healthcare Advocate

IF - Cost

$201,846

$313,626

Note: IF=Insurance Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

This bill establishes a Minority Health Advisory Commission within the Office of the Healthcare Advocate (HCA) to eliminate disparities in health status among the state's multicultural, multilingual, and multiethnic communities, and to improve the overall quality of health for state residents.

sHB 5021, the budget bill, as favorably reported by the Appropriations Committee, provided three positions and funding of $141,835 in FY 09 to establish an Office of Multicultural Health. These positions are sufficient to handle the duties and responsibilities outlined in the bill.

Fringe benefits for these positions were not provided for in the budget bill1. Fringe benefits would be an additional cost to HCA of $62,011 in FY 09 for a total cost of $201,846 and an additional cost of $98,880 in FY 10 for a total cost of $313,626.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.

1 The fringe benefit costs for non-General Fund state employees are budgeted for directly in the affected agency's budget. The actual fringe benefit rate for the Insurance Fund was 54% as of February 2008.