Observers Skeptical Of House Republicans' Call To Cut $2 Trillion In Medicaid, Medicare

July 20, 2017, Emily Mongan, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - A budget plan released Tuesday by House Republicans would cut close to $2 trillion from federal healthcare programs — but it's unlikely to get very far in the legislative process, observers say.  The House's Fiscal Year 2018 budget blueprint, dubbed “Building a Better America,” would reportedly achieve a $6.5 trillion deficit reduction over the next decade.

Among the resolution's cuts would be $800 billion slashed from planned Medicaid payments, assuming the House-passed healthcare bill is signed into law. Further pullbacks of Medicaid would be made through work requirements for certain beneficiaries, instituting state block grants, and enhancing reporting on improper payments.

The plan also would reform the Medicare program to allow beneficiaries to choose between traditional Medicare and private healthcare plans, and to file digital advance care plans. It also champions tort reform to curb “abusive and frivolous lawsuits.”

An amendment was proposed to change to plan not to assume the House-passed bill becomes law, but it was voted against by Republican lawmakers.

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