Senate approves legislation to balance Medicaid budget

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Senate has approved legislation that
calls for cuts to all government programs to balance the state's
Medicaid budget.
The floor vote was 24-12 Wednesday night.
The Senate plan differs widely from a proposal made by Gov.
Steve Beshear and approved by the House last month.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo told reporters Wednesday that he
believes differences can be worked out to shore up the finances in
the program that provides medical care to some 800,000 elderly,
poor and disabled Kentuckians.
Beshear's proposal called for shifting $166.5 million from next
fiscal year's budget to fill this year's budget gap. The Senate
version would require across-the-board cuts of 2.26 percent.
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The legislation is House Bill 305.

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