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Ark. Medicaid faces nearly $200M funding gap


Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - State finance officials say Arkansas' Medicaid program faces a nearly $200 million gap in state funding next year.

The Department of Human Services on Tuesday told members of the Joint Budget Committee it needed $359 million in additional funding from the state for its Medicaid program next year. Gov. Mike Beebe has proposed using $90 million in general revenue and $70 million from the state surplus to fill the gap for the budget year that begins July 1, 2013.

The latest budget figures came out a week after Republicans won control of the Arkansas Legislature for the first time since Reconstruction. GOP leaders have said they want to address the shortfall before taking up a proposal to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law.

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