Debra Miller

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The Senate cloture vote on extending the enhanced Medicaid match passed 61-38 today, August 4, with Maine Senators Collins and Snowe voting with the Democrats.

On Monday, August 2, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was forced to put on hold the vote for the extension of the enhanced Medicaid match for the period January 1, 2011 to June 30, 2011.

A new CSG Capitol Facts and Figures examines state cigarette taxes.

Fearing that Congress is not going to approve the enhanced Medicaid match extension incorporated into the state's FY 2011 budget, Governor Sonny Perdue has ordered a 4 percent cut to state agencies starting in August.

CSG has completed a survey of states' adopted FY 2011 budgets and whether they count on Congressional approval of extending the Medicaid enhanced match started under the 2009 stimulus.

Just days after the new fiscal year starts for most states, 23 states already face budget gaps unless Congress passes an extension of the enhanced Medicaid match started under the federal stimulus legislation.

This week new federal rules were released that will require insurance plans to provide preventive health services without any co-pay, co-insurance or deductible. The move to ensure that prevention is without cost to the consumer comes from the federal health reform legislation passed earlier this year.

This presentation on federal health care reform addresses high risk pools, health insurance exchanges and expanded Medicaid eligibility. 

The RAND Corporation published in July’s Health Affairs an article that asks and answers that central question: “Could We Have Covered More People At Less Cost? Technically, Yes; Politically, Probably Not.”

Chris Whatley, director of the CSG DC office, reported in a staff meeting today that the extension of the enhanced Medicaid match appears to be dead for now. Last week for the third time, Democrats in the U.S. Senate failed to round up enough votes. Politico reports that Majority Leader Reid has pulled the bill from the agenda. The failed vote also leaves some longtime unemployed persons without unemployment benefits.

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