The Senate dropped a proposed five-year, $11 billion Medicaid cut by a vote of 53 to 43 Wednesday during debate on its 2005 budget resolution. Debate continued today, and the Senate is expected to vote on the $2.36 trillion budget proposal before week's end. Meanwhile, the House budget proposal, still in the works, is expected to include up to $2.2 billion in cuts to federal Medicaid funding over five years. In other Washington news, the General Accounting Office said HHS advertisements promoting the Medicare reform law don't constitute illegal political ads, which "is not to say that the content is totally free of political tone." Democrats requested the GAO opinion, saying the ads -- which include the phrase "Same Medicare, More Benefits" -- were being used by the Bush administration as political ammunition during an election season. In related news, HHS said it will award $21.1 million this year and $31.7 million next year to State Health Insurance Assistance Programs for Medicare beneficiary education. -- by Jeff Tieman
Senate drops Medicaid cuts from '05 budget plan
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