Federal Budget Act of 2011 and Medicaid Advocacy News

As part of the Budget Control Act of 2011 signed into law on August 2, 2011, a Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction composed of 12 congressional members has been created and charged with proposing specific cuts of $1.2 to $1.5 trillion to any area of federal spending. Medicaid advocates nationally are taking this opportunity to educate legislators about the ongoing vital role this program and other entitlements play for the most vulnerable and needy populations.

 

The Joint Select Committee is taking recommendations from congressional committees on cuts through October 14, 2011. Advocates, concerned that Medicaid is a target for some members, have initiated proactive efforts to inform all congressional representatives about the adverse implications of any cuts to Medicaid on states and localities.

As part of the larger effort to protect the integrity of Medicaid in the final deficit reduction proposal, there is an independent effort to educate members on the importance of the Medicaid Administrative Claiming (MAC) program. This MAC-focused educational advocacy campaign is being led by national education and health care organizations, public educational agencies, and like-minded advocates that include the AASA, NASBHC, NASDSE, and NSBA. It is important to note that these efforts are proactive and educational in nature, as no information about specific cuts has yet been released.

For additional information on the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the Joint Select Committee, the Congressional Research Service has provided a detailed summary, including timelines and other helpful details.

If you would like further information about this developing issue, including how to lend your support, please contact Paradigm’s Policy and Research Division at policy@paradigm-healthcare.com.