Stimulus package, FMAP increase back in the spotlight
Democrats on the Hill said Monday that they are seeking between $400 billion and $500 billion in stimulus money for infrastructure projects, alternative energy resources and healthcare spending. Medicaid could see a financial injection of up to $40 billion, or $20 billion per year for the next two years, according to a report in The Washington Post. States and healthcare agencies alike have been lobbying Congress to include a temporary increase in the federal medical assistance percentage in any new stimulus packages (McKnight's, 11/3).
In related news, at a meeting with President-elect Obama Tuesday, members of the National Governors Association said they would be looking for roughly $176 billion in stimulus money. According to NGA vice-chairman Jim Douglas of Vermont (R), the economic downturn has increased the burden on state assistance programs such as Medicaid. The governors asked the future president to include $40 billion in Medicaid funds as part of the $176 billion allotment.