Kansas, California Medicaid Changes Ahead, Despite Objections
Activists worry about the impact of cuts.
Stateline: In Kansas, Governor Sam Brownback Drives A Rightward Shift
The Republican, entering the second year of his term, is pushing what may be the boldest agenda of any governor in the nation. ... On Medicaid, Brownback wants to place every one of the program’s roughly 330,000 enrollees into a private, managed-care system, which he says will save hundreds of millions of dollars over the coming years (Gramlich, 1/25).
The Associated Press/MSNBC: Questions Raised About Medicaid Reform Plans
Despite pleas to slow down, Gov. Sam Brownback's administration says it is unlikely to change plans to shift all state Medicaid services to managed care. The Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee wrapped up several days of testimony on the plan Monday (1/24).
HealthyCal: Polls Shows Broad Support For Brown's Tax Plan
A majority of California adults would be willing to pay higher taxes to preserve current levels of spending on health and social services, according to a new, independent poll released Tuesday. The survey by the Public Policy Institute of California found that 57 percent of Californians would be willing to pay higher taxes to support the safety net ... 44 percent said they favored cuts to welfare, child care and Medi-Cal, which Brown says will be necessary even if the voters agree to raise taxes (1/24).