November 25, 2012– Just two months after Alabama voters agreed to raid a state fund for $437 million to patch a hole in the state budget, the state is again facing a Medicaid shortfall. State Health Officer Don Williamson said changes at the federal level will tack an additional $30 million onto the state’s Medicaid funding needs for 2014 — a cost state officials didn’t know about when voters approved the $437 million budget plug on Sept. 18. With no fundamental change in the program, you’re looking at an additional $30 million just to stand still,” Williamson said. Around 900,000 Alabamians — about one in every six residents — are now eligible for the program. About half of them are children. Enrollment in the program has grown by 24 percent since 2008.
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