There’s just one thing: The budget hasn’t been signed into law yet.
The news comes as a surprise for the organization representing the state’s hospitals.
The governor has proposed aggressive cuts to Medicaid, but when much of the proposed cuts rely on federal approval senators argue only a small fraction is actually achievable this year.
The 64th day of the Alaska legislative session was another busy one. Everyone got a look at the unannounced sponsor of the governor’s upcoming road show, representatives went to work mending the budget and yet another controversial appointee is out.
After two years of deeply divided, unproductive and bitter legislating, the Alaska Legislature found its stride in the last week to bring a largely productive and smooth finish to the session.
The Senate took issue with the state’s quoted price on work requirements, the House is plugging away on oil tax credits, Bree’s Law appears on the radar and other bills pass.
The House continued to be frozen over the operating budget.
Without the additional funding, the state would have had to stop Medicaid payments sometime around the end of the month, putting many smaller health care providers in jeopardy.
There’s not enough time to get a full report on the impacts of the bill from the CBO, but other groups are doing their best to understand how it’ll work.