Surplus to help Medicaid?

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Some lawmakers say an unexpected $28.3 million surplus for the state should go toward reversing a move to cut off thousands of recipients from Medicaid.

The extra money turned up when the governor, to avoid making cuts, transferred funds out of the state's rainy day fund and into the general fund earlier in the year. The state, however, fared better than expected.

Sen. Terry Burton, (R) Newton, who heads a Medicaid subcommittee, said he expects there will be no need to reverse the cuts once people see that recipients have adequate health care coverage.

Burton said that although the $28.3 million is a "ray of sunshine," lawmakers will need to see more improvement before becoming too optimistic.