Alabama Senate maintains health care in new budget

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate has approved a state
General Fund budget that will maintain Medicaid services and the
Children's Health Insurance Program in the new fiscal year starting
Oct. 1.

The Senate voted 25-7 Tuesday for the budget, which now returns
to the House for additional review.

The nearly $1.6 billion budget compares with about $1.5 billion
that state agencies expect to spend in the current budget.

Senate budget committee Chairman Roger Bedford said $195 million
in federal stimulus funds helped maintain health services and
balance the budget.

Bedford said some offices are being cut and may have layoffs
after the new budget takes effect in the fall.

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