Medicaid

    • First Edition: March 8, 2011

      Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, incluidng reports about ongoing budget discussions and how issues like Medicare spending and the health law fit into them.

      (Daily Report) Mar 08, 2011

    • Medicaid Pressures Push Governors To Consider Ways To Stretch Their Dollars

      Across the U.S., governors are contemplating approaches to ease the fiscal pressure Medicaid has placed on their state budgets, including freezing the enrollment of childless adults, transforming Medicaid into a block grant program and convincing Congress to give states more flexibility.

      (Daily Report) Mar 07, 2011

    • Democrats May Be Giving Up On Medicare Chief's Confirmation

      Politico reports that sources say the "arithmetic" should be clear to Dems after last week's letter signed by 42 GOP senators expressing opposition to the nomination.

      (Daily Report) Mar 07, 2011

    • Battle Over Medicaid Block Grants Could Have Far-Reaching Impact

      The Republican campaign to transform Medicaid could help set debate on the role of government and entitlements, with implications for the 2012 elections. Here's an FAQ on block grants.

      (Daily Report) Mar 07, 2011

    • First Edition: March 7, 2011

      Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including reports about Medicaid block grants, pharmaceutical patent woes and differences in hospital costs.

      (Daily Report) Mar 07, 2011

    • How Medicaid Block Grants Would Work

      The Republican campaign to transform Medicaid could help set debate on the role of government and entitlements, with implications for the 2012 elections. Here's an FAQ on block grants.

      (Story) Mar 06, 2011

    • House Republicans Continue Budget Assault On Health Law

      Hearings are scheduled next week to develop legislation to make it possible to defund the health law by redesignating the related spending from "mandatory" to "discretionary."

      (Daily Report) Mar 04, 2011

    • GOP Focus Remains Tight On Reforming Medicare, Entitlement Programs

      House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has made clear his determination to address this issue — The Wall Street Journal is reporting that he has even assured President Barack Obama that he will give him "cover" if he makes a proposal to cut entitlement spending.

      (Daily Report) Mar 04, 2011

    • Senate Republicans Urge White House To Withdraw Berwick Nomination

      The Obama administration used a "recess appointment" last July to appoint Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Yesterday, 42 GOP senators signed on to a letter asking that this appointment be withdrawn.

      (Daily Report) Mar 04, 2011

    • Sebelius, GOP Face Off At House Hearing

      HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stuck to the usual talking points Wednesday as she appeared before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee in defense of implementation of the health law and the president's budget request for her agency. She also told Republicans that that there is no system by which Medicaid block grants can be created.

      (Daily Report) Mar 04, 2011