GOP Lawmakers Demand Medicaid Financial Report
The lawmakers charge that this actuarial information was due to them by Jan. 1 and is central to their ability to make decisions related to the entitlement program.
The Hill: Republicans Demand Update On Medicaid Finances
The top Republicans with jurisdiction over Medicaid demanded Thursday that the Obama administration provide them with an update on the program's financial status that was due Jan. 1. Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Senate Finance ranking member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) point out in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that the federal government's share of Medicaid spending is expected to reach $4.4 trillion over the new 10 years. Over that time period, Medicaid spending as a percentage of the national economy is projected to grow by 35 percent, they add (Pecquet, 3/8).
CQ HealthBeat: GOP Lawmakers Want Medicaid Actuarial Report From Sebelius
Two Republicans have sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking her to release the agency's annual Medicaid Actuarial report to Congress which they say was due on Jan. 1. Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, and Fred Upton of Michigan, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said in the letter that an up-to-date financial status of the program -- which is included in the annual reports -- is "critical" and "contributes to our decision-making process concerning the health care entitlement program and health care spending more broadly" (3/8).