Bentley Considering Special Session On Budget

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he is still considering a special session on Medicaid funding but has not made a final decision.

The governor said Wednesday that Medicaid needed at least an additional $15 million in order to have adequate funding in the next fiscal year. The governor says he expects to announce a decision soon.

Lawmakers budgeted $700 million for the state Medicaid program. Bentley said $785 million was needed to maintain the program.

The governor said that he might be able to use oil spill settlement funds and other sources to partially close the gap. Bentley declined to name funding options for closing the remainder.

He said a lottery and tax increases are all things that could be considered.

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