Friday, April 24, 2015

Medicaid Block Grants = Unconstitutional Coercion?

Professors Sara Rosenbaum and Timothy Westmoreland have an interesting opinion piece in the New England Journal of Medicine with a curious response to the proposal that federal Medicaid funding should be re-structured as block grants (via the Patient CARE Act, proposed by some Congressional Republicans).

I’m no lawyer, but this seems to be a real stretch. Ms. Rosennbaum and Mr. Westmoreland misconstrue Medicaid as a federal-state “compact”, indicating the current Medicaid system is some kind of right that states can claim from Congress; and that Congress does not have the right to decide how federal money is spent.

Read the entire column at NCPA's Health Policy Blog.

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