Williamson: Money runs out for Medicaid after 2014

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State Health Officer Don Williamson told Alabama lawmakers 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 Wednesday 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 Program.

Williamson says it will take $615 million to adequately fund Medicaid for the current fiscal year, but 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. Williamson says funding will run out after 2014.



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