Friday, February 4, 2011

Federal Medicaid News

As states struggle to tackle soaring budget deficits, the nation’s top health official is offering advice on trimming Medicaid costs, but says cutting people with disabilities from the program is a no-no.

In a letter sent to governors across the country on Thursday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius offered suggestions for Medicaid cost savings, pointing out that 40 percent of 2008 spending on the program covered benefits that are considered optional.

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