SENATE VOTES TO RESTORE MEDICAID FUNDING

The Associated Press reports that Senate lawmakers have approved a 5.7 percent increase to the Medicaid budget, which also restores previously slashed services for the disabled.

The Spokesman-Review reports  that the Senate voted 29-4 Monday to approve the nearly $2 billion budget, which also reinstates three cuts to disabled services accounting for $1.5 million.

The funding includes $1.2 billion from the federal government, with the state chipping in $474 million.

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