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Posted: Saturday, June 5, 2010 4:18 pm | Updated: 1:26 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Alaska health department say 0.18 percent of a health insurance program for low income families was spent on "abortion related services" but it didn't have exact figures on how many abortions were performed.

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell vetoed an expansion of Denali KidCare this week because he found out the program pays for abortions.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the health department on Friday said $384,000 of the program's $217 million budget last year went for "abortion related services" and 664 people received such services.

The department's deputy commissioner Bill Streur says that doesn't mean they all received abortions since that covers anyone who tells the program they are considering an abortion.

Streur says he's trying to confirm the actual number of abortions.

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