January 31, 2008
As is being widely reported in the press, on January 29, the House passed a $150 billion economic stimulus package (HR 5140) by vote of 385-35. The House package is centered on tax rebates designed to spur consumer spending. A bipartisan coalition of Senators is pushing to make sure that the package includes extra funding and protections to ensure that states can avoid cutting the Medicaid program in response to expected revenue shortfalls at the state level this year.
The Senate began work on its version on January 30, when the Senate Finance Committee considered a separate package. A bipartisan group of Senators is pressing for a range of changes designed to help states avoid cuts to Medicaid as part of any state level response to the current economic climate – which in many states is expected to result in revenue shortfalls and budget cuts this year.
Advocates are encouraged to call their Senators to urge them to support the following as part of any economic stimulus package:
All Senate offices can be reached by calling 202-224-3121.
Click here to view additional information on why Medicaid FMAP should be a part of any economic stimulus package.
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