Thursday, June 16, 2005
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.