Combining Legislation That Would Increase Medicaid Funding, Halt Medicaid Regulations, Expand SCHIP

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HouseDemocrats are considering crafting legislation that would combine a temporaryboost to the federal medical assistance percentage for Medicaid, a moratoriumon new rules that limit Medicaid eligibility and an expansion of SCHIP, aleadership aide said Tuesday, CQ HealthBeat reports. The strategy "isintended to secure enough support from GOP colleagues and Republican governorsin Democrats' push to enact legislation this year to increase funding for"SCHIP, CQ HealthBeat reports.

However, a House GOP aide said that the combination of bills is unlikely todraw enough votes to override a presidential veto. The aide said that manyRepublicans do not support increasing the FMAP and do not want to revisitSCHIP. In addition, the aide said that if Democrats push for an increase in theMedicaid rate, "at some point," fiscally conservative Democrats"are going to balk" unless the economy fully warrants the increase(Carey, CQ HealthBeat, 2/5).

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