Administration Rules Out “Deals” on Medicaid Expansion
By Edmund Haislmaier, The Heritage Foundation
Last Friday afternoon, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a short frequently asked questions (FAQ) document that should remove any remaining belief that the federal government will give state lawmakers flexibility on the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.
The message is clear: The only thing a state that agrees to the Medicaid expansion will get is a bigger Medicaid program.
The CMS reiterated the position it took in an earlier FAQ that the Obama Administration considers the expansion to be an “all or nothing” proposition for states.