Thursday, June 16, 2005

An end to Medicaid as we know it...

From The Hill:

    At a Senate Finance Committee hearing yesterday, Govs. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) unveiled a proposal aimed at giving states more flexibility in administering Medicaid.

    The plan attracted immediate criticism from Democrats who said the governors' recommendations were too narrow in scope and did not address fundamental flaws in the nation's healthcare system.

    Warner and Huckabee, speaking on behalf of the National Governors Association (NGA), said that all of the recommendations presented had won the unanimous support of the 50 governors, who have made Medicaid reform a top priority this year.


    The governors propose to give the states more leeway in crafting policies to increase the efficiency of the program, particularly in the areas of prescription-drug costs and long-term care, two of Medicaid's biggest expenditures. The NGA envisions expanding the use of generic drugs and making it harder for the elderly to transfer assets to their children to become eligible for long-term-care assistance.

Read the rest of the story.

Read the Governors' Proposals.

Read about the actual factual costs of "asset transfers" on Medicaid.

Read about the realities of health care for those who cannot afford insurance.

Read about health care in the rest of the world.

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