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Williamson: Money runs out for Medicaid after 2014

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 20, 2013 at 8:23 pm •  Published: February 20, 2013

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State Health Officer Don Williamson told Alabama lawmakers on Wednesday that money will be available to fund Alabama's Medicaid program at a minimal level through 2014.

But Williamson told a joint meeting of the House and Senate General Fund budget committees he did not know where the money would come from after 2014 to run the health insurance program for the economically disadvantaged.

Williamson is also the interim director of the Alabama Medicaid Agency.

Williamson says it will take $615 million to adequately fund Medicaid for the current fiscal year, but he predicts the program would need $743 million in revenue in 2014.

Williamson says he can find the money needed through 2014 by making budget cuts in services and other expenditures.

"After 2014 there is no money left," Williamson said.

Funding is a yearly headache for Medicaid, which get its funds from both the state and federal government. The Medicaid funding crisis became so dire last year that voters passed an amendment in a special election to allow lawmakers to take money from an oil and gas revenues savings account and move that money into the General Fund budget.

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