Dr. Mary Currier, the state health officer, tells the House Appropriations Committee that the department has been draining internal reserves to stay afloat last year and this year. She says said accounts will be almost empty when the current budget year ends June 30.
The Health Department is spending about $4 million from reserves this year.Currier says Wednesday that the department needs $32.5 million in state money, well above the $26.5 million its getting now. Legislative budgeters recommend $20.7 million for the coming year.
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