Gingrey, Hatch Introduce Legislation Providing Flexibility to States for Medicaid Programs

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Washington, D.C., May 3, 2011 | Brooke Sammon (202.225.2931) | comments

Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-GA) today introduced the State Flexibility Act, along with Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) with a companion bill in the Senate. The bill repeals the Medicaid Maintenance of Effort requirements first imposed in the stimulus and eventually incorporated into the health care law, saving taxpayers $2.1 billion over 10 years. Rep. Gingrey released the following statement with the introduction of the legislation:

Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-GA) today introduced the State Flexibility Act, along with Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) with a companion bill in the Senate. The bill repeals the Medicaid Maintenance of Effort requirements first imposed in the stimulus and eventually incorporated into the health care law, saving taxpayers $2.1 billion over 10 years. Rep. Gingrey released the following statement with the introduction of the legislation:

"In a time when states are going bankrupt, doctors are turning away Medicaid patients, and federal spending is utterly out of control, we need to put a stop to this madness," said Rep. Gingrey, Co-Chair of the GOP Doctors Caucus. "The State Flexibility Act is a step towards implementing commonsense solutions to address these problems. It stops the burdensome regulations that Obamacare places on states and gives them back the freedom and flexibility they need to prevent the fiscal crisis that Georgia and many other states face.

"This bill is answering the call by both Republican and Democratic Governors, showing their dire need to be able to improve verification measures to better provide Medicaid services. Simply put, by supporting this bill, we are supporting the well-being of American patients, cutting spending, and getting out of the way of states so they can balance their budgets and better serve our communities."

Click here for more background information on H.R. 1683, the State Flexibility Act. 

Click here to listen to Congressman Gingrey's statement on H.R. 1683, the State Flexibility Act.

                                                         
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