Medicaid eligibility limits gaining momentum as a way to cut spending
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE)
Last week, Sens. Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Ben Nelson (D-NE) offered separate bills that would limit growth in Medicaid enrollments by up to one million people each year, starting in 2014.
The measures would adjust the health law's eligibility criteria to include Social Security benefits in benefit calculations, according to several news reports. Without the adjustment, the entitlement would grow by about 5 million beyond the 16 to 20 million originally calculated for the health law, according to Richard Foster, chief actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) has introduced similar legislation in the House of Representatives.