Medicaid – So much for unrequited love…

July 30, 2012

Okay folks, if you think Medicaid is the answer to funding quality services for children and youth with serious emotional challenges and their families…. well, maybe yes and maybe no. It’s been almost 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicaid into law. That could all change and be dramatically scaled back depending on the outcome of the upcoming elections. Remember Network faithful, we are made up of people from all political affiliations as mental health issues know no boundaries, but you need to be informed about what’s coming down the pike. The current Administration is encouraging expansion of Medicaid and those in the opposition party are increasingly calling for scaling back, even moving to a block grant model for Medicaid. Both approaches have implications for children and youth with serious emotional challenges and their families. You need to be informed.

  • Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, has thrown his support behind a block grant plan that would cap federal spending, effectively slashing Medicaid funding by more than $1.5 trillion over the next decade in what would be the most sweeping change in the program’s history.
  • One of Romney’s lead healthcare advisors, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, has claimed that Medicaid is “worse than no coverage at all.”
  • “If we win, there are no more excuses,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a coalition of conservative lawmakers backing legislation that would cut about $2 trillion from projected Medicaid spending over a decade.
  • Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Governors Assn., said states, which operate their own Medicaid programs, could handle cuts. “If the federal government would take off a lot of the micromanagement and the bureaucracy … we could probably get by with even less money,” he said.
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