Next week, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) will unveil the Republicans FY 2012 budget. Reports say he will propose to cut about $1 trillion over 10 years in savings from Medicaid. This is a contrast to the projections fueled by Medicaid expansions in healthcare reform, which will increase the federal share of Medicaid to about $600 billion per year by 2021—more than double the current amount.
Ryan's approach to the budget this year is outlined on a website called Roadmap for America's Future. Specifics are not clear yet, but the funding decrease hints at significant changes to federal and state responsibilities under Medicaid.
ANCOR will be examining Ryan’s proposal when it is released and reporting on this and other Medicaid reform proposals. For more information, see CBPP Reports on Block Grants and Spending Caps.