Forty-four House Republicans asked Budget Committee Chairman Jim Nussle (R-Iowa) to restore $20 billion in federal Medicaid funding that would be cut under the House fiscal 2006 budget proposal and to add $1.5 million to fund a commission on Medicaid reform.
The lawmakers said they were concerned that the cut would hurt patients and providers while not leading to the "comprehensive reform and improvement that the program needs."
The Senate budget plan does not reduce Medicaid funding and includes $1.5 million for a Medicaid reform commission. The House still must name members to the conference committee that will reconcile the two chambers' budget proposals, and a date hasn't been set for the committee's first meeting.
The letter and news release from Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.) are posted on the American Hospital Association's Web site. Read the documents.