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Idaho Health and Welfare seeks $3.7 billion overall budget

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Posted at 9:28 AM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 11:28:28-05

BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is seeking an additional $70 million from the general fund and $300 million overall that includes federal money for an 8.7% increase in next year's budget.

Director Dave Jeppesen on Monday told the Legislature's budget-setting committee that the large increase is due to Medicaid expansion. His request would boost the agency's budget to about $930 million from general funds.

The agency would also receive about $330 million in dedicated funds from such things as fees and licenses plus another $2.4 billion from the federal government for an overall budget of about $3.7 billion.