Moderates Might Also Lose A Prime Fight On Medicaid

According to Senate Republican aides familiar with the Senate negotiations, leaders in the chamber are weighing lowering the growth rate for the Medicaid program beginning in 2025.
Story highlights If chosen, this would be a small, but significant change from the House health care billSen.
Essentially, from that point on, the money states receive for their Medicaid program would be calculated based on standard inflation, the consumer price index for all urban consumers (CPI-U), rather than medical inflation, which is more generous.
Rob Portman remains against dropping growth rate below the level of the House bill(CNN) Senate Republicans might move forward with a plan to make even deeper cuts to Medicaid than the House’s health care bill, which could be a major blow for Senate moderates.
If chosen, it would be a small, but significant change from the House bill that could have a major impact on whether moderate lawmakers ultimately vote for the Senate’s version of the Obamacare repeal.

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