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.
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.
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.