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.