HOUSE APPROVES ‘STRUCTURALLY BALANCED’ MEDICAID BUDGET WITH $103 MILLION INCREASE

Dustin Hurst reports that, on Wednesday, House members voted 52-14 to approve what one lawmaker called a “structurally balanced” Medicaid budget.   The 2013 Medicaid spending plan will add $103 million in total funds over last year, with $38 million of that coming from the state general fund.

Overall, the proposed Medicaid budget is more than $1.9 billion, though $474 million of that are state funds.  Medicaid is a joint federal and state program aiding low-income individuals or families in paying for the costs associated with long-term medical and custodial care, provided they qualify.   It is primarily funded by the federal government, but the program is managed by the state.

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