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Fewer Health Care Dollars Would Flow To States Under Obama Budget Plan

Some cuts would come in Medicaid rates and medical research.

The Connecticut Mirror: Obama Budget Mixed Bag For Connecticut
The president wants to phase out a Medicaid provider tax that Malloy has used to help balance his budget. The White House also wants to "blend" Medicaid rates with the rates received from the federal government for a health program for children. That could mean fewer federal health dollars for Connecticut (Radelat, 2/13).

Boston Globe: Obama Takes A Stand In Budget
[F]ewer Medicare training funds would reach Boston’s renowned teaching hospitals, but extra money for research and higher education would bolster some Bay State firms and institutions (Jan and Bender, 2/14).

The Baltimore Sun: Obama Budget Cuts Would Hit Maryland
The $3.8 trillion spending plan for 2013 would trim $4 trillion from the national debt over a decade ... Many of those reductions would affect Maryland, including funding for Chesapeake Bay cleanup, teaching hospitals such as Johns Hopkins and research grants awarded by the Bethesda-based National Institutes of Health (Fritze and Walker, 2/13).

Minneapolis Star Tribune: In Minnesota, Health Care, Farmers May Feel Budget Squeeze
Drug companies and hospitals that treat Medicare patients also are looking at some $267 billion in total cuts during the next decade, part of a broader initiative to squeeze efficiencies out of the national health care system for seniors ... At Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, the mood was equally sour because of a proposal to cut two-thirds of a program used to train pediatricians and pediatric specialists, such as heart doctors and surgeons (Diaz and Spencer, 2/13).

Meanwhile, the budget proposal would help states with funds to build exchanges -

The Hill: Obama Budget Sets Aside $864M Set Up Health Care Law
The law requires health insurance exchanges to be in place in all 50 states by Jan. 1, 2014. States that want to run their own exchanges must pass muster with the federal government by the end of 2013; the federal government will operate a default exchange in states that fail to launch their own (Pecquet, 2/13).

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