Utah, U.S. Spent $2.2 Billion Helping Poor in Last Budget Year

Utah, U.S. Spent $2.2 Billion Helping Poor in Last Budget Year

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- More than $2 billion was spent by Utah and the federal governments to help low-income residents.

That figure is for Utah's 2007 budget year, which ended June 30. Lawmakers for the first time asked for a report on how much is spent by agencies serving the poor.

Most of the money, $1.5 billion, came from the federal government.

Utah spent $267 million for its share of Medicaid, health insurance for the poor and disabled.

About 290,000 Utah residents are on Medicaid.

------ Information from: Deseret Morning News

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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