The National Governors Association appointed Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton, a Democrat, and Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, a Republican, to serve as co-chairmen of its Medicaid Reform Task Force and named eight other governors as members, including President Bush's brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. At its winter meeting last month, the NGA chose not to endorse a Bush administration proposal under which states could alter their Medicaid programs without prior federal approval. Participating states would receive $12.7 billion in additional funding during the first seven years of the program but less money in later years to make the program budget neutral for the federal government. The task force held its first meeting yesterday by conference call. The other governors on the task force are: Robert Ehrlich Jr. (R-Md.); John Hoeven (R-N.D.); Bob Holden (D-Mo.); Frank O'Bannon (D-Ind.); Bill Richardson (D-N.M.); John Rowland (R-Conn.); and Tom Vilsack (D-Iowa). -- by Tony Fong
Governors name Medicaid reform task force
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