Budget Bill Cuts $500 Million from Medicaid, Doesn’t Tell Us How

Monday, March 7, 2011 at 7:09 AM by

The biennial budget bill introduced on Tuesday would cut the Medicaid-related portions of the state budget by about $500 million (GPR) over the next two years, relative to the cost of continuing the current services and policies. However, it doesn’t say a thing about how coverage of children, parents, childless adults or pregnant women would be changed, because the “budget repair” woudl strip from the Legislature the authority for making such changes.

A new WCCF blog post describes the changes in the controversial budget repair bill that shift the responsibility for making Mediciad  decisions from the Legislature to the Department of Health Services Secretary, and it describes some of the potential implications of the large cut and the extraordinary grant of authority to DHS.

Jon Peacock

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