tci Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement - 2005 Issue 18

MEDICAID: Caps? Medicaid Already Wearing Them

Advocates: More cuts could be coming, and the infirm will suffer.If Congress enacts a budget resolution requiring major Medicaid cuts, advocates for the poor and disabled, as well as some lawmakers, worry that the government will place hard caps on some federal funding for the program. In fact, however, state Medicaid programs already operate under caps, which states have negotiated in the course of gaining federal waivers to redesign their programs, a Senate Republican aide noted at a March 29 forum in Washington. Twenty-nine states are operating under per capita funding caps and 11 under aggregate spending caps...

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