Materials released by the panel show that "Medicaid and other health programs" would experience a $913 billion cut over a decade from previously assumed levels of spending, but it contains no further breakdown.
Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 12:16 AM PDT
David Espo, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans quietly deepened recommended budget savings from the government's chief health care program for the poor by about $140 billion in recent weeks to offset part of the cost of higher payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients, according to officials familiar with the tradeoff.
The maneuver comes as Republicans in both houses struggle with competing priorities, in this case a desire to stabilize what is widely viewed as a dysfunctional system of provider payments under Medicare, while pursuing a 10-year goal of balancing the budget.
Neither budget documents nor publicly available material related to the doctor fee legislation contain any reference to the decision to reap greater savings from Medicaid, a federal-state program that provides health care for the low-income. Republican officials who described the decision did so on condition of anonymity, saying they had not been authorized to discuss it.