Medicaid becoming a bargaining chip for debt ceiling negotations

Democratic lawmakers are concerned that tightening Medicaid eligibility could be the price they pay to win concessions from Republicans regarding the debt ceiling negotiations, reports Kaiser Health News. With the GOP proposal for block grants to states for Medicaid programs in a politically precarious position, it is moving toward tightening income and other eligibility requirements on the state level. "Medicaid is clearly a big part of the negotiations," said Joan Alker, co-executive director of the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University. Article

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