Florida's Bush to join disputed Medicaid Commission

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Two governors joined the Medicaid Commission, which is expected to make recommendations next year that could have implications for long-term care facilities and residents.

Govs. Jeb Bush (R-FL) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) agreed to participate in the commission. The National Governors Association earlier this year said it would not be a part of it, choosing instead to formulate its own suggestions to the White House and Congress on Medicaid reform. Congressional Democrats also opted out because of their nonvoting roles.
 
Michael Leavitt, the Health and Human Services Secretary, appointed 15 voting members, leaving open two positions for governors. There are also eight nonvoting seats for federal lawmakers. The commission issued its report on Medicaid cuts in September. A list of long-term Medicaid reform recommendations is expected by Dec. 31, 2006.
(Published 10-28-05)