Jan Brewer

CMS official: Medicaid block grants are not a viable option for state budgets

CMS official: Medicaid block grants are not a viable option for state budgets

A top Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services official said this week that turning Medicaid into a block grant program is not a viable solution for easing state budget woes.

Governor proposes $50 fee for obese Medicaid recipients

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has proposed enacting an annual $50 surcharge for obese Medicaid enrollees, a move she says would help Arizona's financially troubled Medicaid program.

HHS sending teams of budget experts to troubled states for Medicaid help

In an effort to help keep Medicaid off the chopping block in states with budget shortfalls, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has offered to send teams of HHS staffers to states that request assistance.