GOP senators want major Medicare and Medicaid changes

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Senate Finance Committee Republicans have submitted a deficit-reduction proposal to the super committee calling for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and significant changes to Medicare and Medicaid.

Like other bipartisan plans, the Finance Committee's plan, led by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), seeks to increase the Medicare eligibility age and asks high-income seniors to pay more for their Medicare benefits. The plan also recommends converting state Medicaid funding into block grants, a proposition nursing home providers have long opposed. Additionally, the plan also calls for cuts to physicians and other Medicare providers.

Meanwhile, provider groups sent a letter to the super committee to voice their opposition to proposals that would reimburse state Medicaid expenditures into a single “blended” rate.  The full letter is available here.
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