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Trump Budget Proposes $610 Billion In Medicaid Cuts Despite Campaign Pledge Not To Touch Program


Trump Budget Proposes $610 Billion In Medicaid Cuts Despite Campaign Pledge Not To Touch Program

President Trump will propose cutting Medicaid spending by $610 billion over 10 years, according to a budget document posted by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Hill reports:

That’s on top of more than $800 billion in cuts called for under the House-passed ObamaCare repeal bill, the American Health Care Act.

The HHS budget, which was posted online and then quickly deleted, also calls for changing how Medicaid is financed. The proposal would transition the joint federal-state program from a traditional entitlement to either a block grant or per capita cap. It would also allow states to impose work requirements for certain Medicaid beneficiaries.

“This proposal will free States to advance solutions that best serve their unique populations — for example, encouraging work, promoting personal responsibility, and meeting the spectrum of diverse needs of their Medicaid populations,” the budget document said.

The administration will also call for a two-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which helps families who make too much to qualify for Medicaid. Funding for CHIP currently expires Sept. 30.

The full budget is slated for release on Tuesday morning.

“The only official version of the HHS budget will be released by the Office of Management and Budget at 11:00AM tomorrow. At that time, Budget Director Mulvaney will hold a press briefing and address any questions,” said Alleigh Marré, the national spokeswoman for HHS.

Trump’s proposed cuts are a complete reversal from his pledges during the presidential campaign not to cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.


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