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BOISE — There was big news at Thursday’s Medicaid budget hearing at the state Legislature: Gov. Brad Little has withdrawn a recommendation in his budget proposal for next year to find $30.2 million in state general fund savings in the Medicaid budget, which would come to a cut of $118.4 million in total funds including federal matching funds, because the state has been informed it’ll get much more than that in Medicaid funding from the federal government due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Biden administration notified the state two weeks ago that it will continue a significantly higher federal matching rate for Medicaid throughout calendar year 2021, according to state Health & Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen and Alex Adams, Little’s budget director.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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