Saturday, March 19, 2005
On Thursday evening, the Senate rejected the $15 illion budget cut that President Bush has proposed for Medicaid and instead passed an amendment protecting the Medicaid program from future budget cuts. According to the American Health Lawyers Association press reports,
Instead of the cuts, the amendment calls for the creation of a bipartisan commission to conduct a comprehensive review of the Medicaid program to determine how to improve efficiencies in service delivery and quality of care. The commission would have fourteen months in which to hold public hearings, conduct its evaluations and deliberations, and issue its report and recommendations to the President, Congress, and the public.
For further information about the amendment and 2006 budget, please click here. [bm]