Gov. Bentley visits Dothan to address Medicaid funding

Gov. Bentley visits Dothan to address Medicaid funding

DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - Governor Robert Bentley stopped by the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine and Dothan Pediatric Clinic for a tour on Friday.

The focus of Bentley's visit to Dothan was not only to tour ACOM and the Dothan Pediatric Clinic but to address Medicaid and his plan to fund the program.

In the past, Gov. Bentley has been against the lottery, but now he's pushing for it. His plan is to use the money generated from the lottery to help fund Medicaid.

On Friday, he shared his ideas and stressed the significance of this funding to ACOM students and physicians at Dothan Pediatric Clinic.

In 2015, nearly 69,000 of 119,000 patients visited the Dothan Pediatric Clinic, insured by Alabama Medicaid.

"There's a lot of work to be done if it passes the legislature. I've got an individual that's helped me save a billion dollars, [and] were going to put people on this to research this all over the country to make sure it's done right. Were going to have an oversight commission to make sure it's right of reputable people," Bentley said.

Bentley is looking at other options for Medicaid funding as well. One is using money that was received in the BP lawsuit.

If the lottery is passed, he plans to have it up and running by 2018.

Legislators plan to address the lottery and how it could solve the Medicaid funding hole in a special session starting Monday.

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