Reps. John Dingell (D-Mich.) and John Spratt Jr.( D-S.C.) asked the Office of Management and Budget for more details about President Bush's proposal to cut $60 billion in federal Medicaid funding over 10 years. In a letter to OMB director Joshua Bolten, the lawmakers asked how much each state would lose in federal funds, what policies underlay Bush's recommendations, what sorts of intergovernmental transfers are considered permissable, and how the Medicaid cuts would affect providers. "We are concerned that Congress does not have the information necessary to assess the Medicaid policies in the president's budget," the letter said. Meanwhile, as expected, the House passed the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act, which makes it more difficult for individuals to file for bankruptcy. The bill previously passed the Senate, and Bush is expected to sign it. -- by Tony Fong and Paul Barr
Lawmakers seek more information on Medicaid cuts
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