House passes General Fund Budget without adequate funding for Medicaid

Published: Mar. 15, 2016 at 11:26 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama House passed the General Fund Budget 65-35 on Tuesday following five hours of filibustering. If the senate decides to concur with the budget, it will go to Governor Robert Bentley's desk where it is expected to be vetoed.

The big issue with the budget is that Medicaid got $85 million less than it was asking for, but it did get $15 million more than it did last year.

Other than medicaid, almost every other agency will receive level funding through the proposed budget.

According to Acting Commissioner of the Alabama Medicaid General Counsel Stephanie Azar, her agency will have to be cut by 22 percent. The state would also miss out on more than $700 million in funding.

Lawmakers right now seem unwilling to raise taxes or take money for education, leaving no real avenue for more money in Medicaid.

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