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Mich., N.H. Governors Dispute Sen. Johnson’s View Of ‘Soaring’ Medicaid Costs

Both Republican governors say the analysis by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) of their states' Medicaid spending is faulty. Johnson sent letters to eight states asking for explanations about Medicaid expansion costs that "go far beyond initial projections."

Detroit Free Press: Gov. Snyder: U.S. Senator's Portrayal Of Medicaid Costs Is Wrong
Gov. Rick Snyder finally responded this week to a series of pointed questions from a U.S. senator regarding Medicaid expansion in Michigan, defending the program and saying the senator painted an inaccurate picture of its costs. Snyder wrote a letter to U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., telling the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that he “respectfully disagrees that the approach used in your letter to calculate the growth in expenditures is an accurate portrayal of this successful program.” (Spangler, 10/12)

New Hampshire Union Leader: State Disputes Claims Of 'Soaring Costs' In Medicaid Program
Gov. Chris Sununu has responded to U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who is investigating overspending on Medicaid, telling Johnson his numbers on New Hampshire are all wrong. Johnson is chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, which is investigating what it claims are excessive Medicaid expenditures in eight states. (Solomon, 10/12)

Concord (N.H.) Monitor: Sununu Pushes Back At Wisconsin Senator Over Medicaid
Responding to a September letter from Johnson inquiring into the price tag of New Hampshire’s program, Sununu attached a review by Milliman, an actuarial consulting firm employed by the Department of Health and Human Services. The review, released Thursday, asserted that many of the costs alleged by Johnson were based on figures that had been interpreted and processed out of context. (DeWitt, 10/13)

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