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Dunleavy proposes Medicaid, fire funds in supplemental plan

Gov. Mike Dunleavy, center, delivers his State of the State speech to a Joint Session of the Alaska Legislature as Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, left, and Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, watch from the front of the House chambers at the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau, Alaska, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Penn)

By BECKY BOHRER
Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A supplemental spending bill released by Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy centers largely on firefighting and Medicaid costs. Supplemental budgets typically include unexpected costs. Dunleavy’s request seeks $110.5 million for firefighting costs, including $16 million for potential costs through June, the end of the fiscal year. He also is seeking $263 million for Medicaid, of which $120 million would be state funds. Dunleavy’s budget office says after working with a federal agency and getting input from interested parties, some of the measures aimed at reducing costs were dropped or could not be implemented as quickly as originally thought.

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