Delaware State Medicaid Budget Shielded From Cuts

Submitted by Shannon Gahs, Associate Director, DE Government Affairs (GAO)

Governor John Carney introduced his budget, addressing the $385 million budget shortfall the state faces this year.  He proposed to make up half of the amount through new tax revenue and the other half by cutting spending.  Many state programs are facing cuts, the state is freezing hiring, some (non-health) facilities will be shut down.  In light of all of that, it is remarkable to be able to say that the governor included $11.8 million additional dollars to Medicaid to ensure that the program continues to be fully-funded.