Medicaid funding for providers in states that have expanded their program could be in jeopardy under the Trump administration’s proposed budget, an official revealed earlier this week.
Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar stated Tuesday that the administration’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2021 is looking to eliminate the enhanced federal match for states that have expanded Medicaid, Inside Health Policy reported.
Azar’s comments were made during a Senate appropriations hearing. He stated the enhanced match is prejudiced against women, children and disabled adults and biased toward able-bodied adults, according to the report.
The comments are in line with the government’s new Healthy Adult Opportunity program, which allows participating states to receive blog grant funding for non-disabled adults under the age of 65 who aren’t eligible for Medicaid or those who aren’t eligible under a state plan.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma recently argued that the program wouldn’t cut funding from Medicaid. Long-term care advocates, however, have argued the program could make it harder for providers to receive proper Medicaid funding.