Capitol Correspondence - 04.30.18

Head of CMS Says Medicaid Needs Change

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According to the Boston Globe:

“Verma visited Boston Wednesday to speak to doctors, scientists, investors, and executives at the World Medical Innovation Forum, run by Partners HealthCare. She later sat down with the Globe. Here are some takeaways from her remarks during that conversation:

Medicaid insures about 72 million Americans. Enrollment has swelled over the past several years, in part because the Affordable Care Act expanded eligibility rules to allow more adults into the program.

‘Is this the most appropriate coverage [for them]?’ Verma asked.

‘If we’re going to continue down this path, the Medicaid program needs to be modified significantly so it can accommodate the expansion [of the] population.’

Verma expressed support for an idea that’s backed by many conservatives: implementing limits on Medicaid spending. Spending limits could be imposed on a per-patient basis, or per state. State spending caps are known as block grants.”

Seema Verma also called for greater state flexibility and for more transparency in costs and quality. Read the full article here.

ANCOR will continue to monitor and report on Medicaid proposals from the Administration.