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March 7, 2021
Legislative Committees Consider Medicaid
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Members of two legislative committees on Wednesday said collaboration between state and federal officials and across party lines is necessary to solve Medicaid and other health care problems in Alabama.

Some members of the state's Joint Legislative Committee on Medicaid and the Joint Legislative Committee on Finances and Budgets also expressed frustration that the state's commissioner does not yet have a proposed budget completed for fiscal year 2009, which begins October 1st, 2008.

The state faces a potential shortfall in Medicaid funding, but the exact amount of the deficit is not yet clear.

State Senater Roger Bedford, a Russellville Democrat, is chair of a Senate budget committee. He said legislators want to see Medicaid budget numbers because it affects a large portion of their constituents.

Carol Steckel, commissioner of the Alabama Medicaid Agency, said her responsibility is to provide the governor with carefully considered recommendations for the budget, not to provide numbers to legislative committees. She said coming up with those recommendations takes time because it is a very complex process.

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