State lottery 1 of 4 possible solutions for health care system

State House 2BIRMINGHAM ( Maggie Walsh) — Gov. Robert Bentley announced July 19 that he is planning to call a special session of the Alabama Legislature in late summer or early fall to find funding for Medicaid, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. A possible solution to the $85 million Medicaid shortage is a state lottery.

Medicaid recently announced it would cut payments to doctors beginning Aug. 1, which would make up about $15 million of the shortfall.

But a state lottery is just 1 of 4 possible solutions for the state’s health care system. Other options include:

  • Splitting the BP settlement for the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
  • Transferring money from the state’s Education Trust Fund to the General Fund (this would be the second transfer of its kind, the first taking place in 2015 with $80 million).
  • Creating new tax revenues, such as sales taxes and revenue transfers.

So far, Bentley has not announced what options would be on the table during the special session, and simply said that proposals he’s made before — like those mentioned above — could be reconsidered, according to

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