DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SEEKS ADDITIONAL $30 MILLION FROM STATE

An updated budget request from the Department of Health and Human Services shows an increase of about $30 million dollars from the budget they had requested in October. The CEO of HHS, Courtney Phillips, attributed the increased request to hearing new information on federal funding for Medicaid and lower than expected savings in the public assistance programs. This extends the state’s expected budget shortfall to about $200 million. This new request will be sent to Governor Ricketts for approval and to potentially be included in his budget recommendation to the legislature.