Alabama House approves BP, Medicaid settlement

One chamber down, one to go.Buy PhotoAlabama Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon calls for a recess as the senate discusses the BP oil spill settlement money during the special legislative session on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, in Montgomery, Ala (Photo: Albert Cesare / Advertiser)The Alabama House of Representatives Wednesday voted 87 to 9 to approve a compromise BP settlement that would allocate $400 million of the estimated $639 million settlement to repayment of state debts. That should free $70 million for the Medicaid program in 2017. The bill would also allocate $15 million of the money directly to Medicaid, which would give the program the funding it says it needs to maintain services next year, and $105 million in fiscal year 2018.The agreement — which still needs approval of the Senate — would also allocate $120 million for road projects in Mobile and Baldwin counties. That was and continues to be a point of dispute between north Alabama legislators, …
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