December 19, 2009

HEY, SENATOR SHAHEEN, GET US THE SAME DEAL!:

Ben Nelson's Medicaid deal (Chris Frates, 12/19/09, Politico)

Sen. Mary Landrieu got the "Louisiana Purchase." Sen. Ben Nelson got the federal government to pick up most his state's future Medicaid tab -- forever. [...]

Medicaid is usually paid for with a mix of federal and state funding, but Nelson's carve out means that any Medicaid beneficiaries who join the program after the bill passes will be paid for in full by the federal government.

It's a sweet deal considering that many governors are worried that the Medicaid expansion will further strain already stressed state budgets.


Posted by Orrin Judd at December 19, 2009 12:37 PM
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