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Medicaid Capped With Block Grants is Illegal, Pallone Warns (1)

June 27, 2019, 8:40 PMUpdated: June 27, 2019, 10:33 PM

Placing spending limits on Medicaid is illegal, a top committee Democrat said in a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar demanding clarity on the Trump administration’s plans.

The June 27 letter from House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J. comes after reports the administration might approve waivers letting some states receive their federal Medicaid money in block grants. That would place a limit on the federal money states can deploy for the low-income health-care program and give states more autonomy to determine eligibility.

“The plain language of the statute prohibits the Secretary from ...

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