April 23, 2008(Key vote)
Title: Medicaid Extensions and Changes
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that extends a moratorium on certain Medicaid regulations until April 1, 2009 and makes other changes to the Medicaid program.
Prevents certain Medicaid regulations from being changed until April 1, 2009, including regulations for the Children's Health Insurance Program, graduate medical education, optional case management services, outpatient hospital services, and provider taxes (Sec. 2).
Requires states to set up an asset verification program to determine the eligibility of an individual for medical assistance (Sec. 5).
Reduces the amount available in 2013 for the physician assistance and quality initiative fund to $3.79 billion from $4.96 billion and extends the fund through 2014 with an additional $3.69 billion available for that year (Sec. 6).
NOTE: THIS VOTE WAS TAKEN UNDER A SUSPENSION OF THE RULES TO CUT OFF DEBATE EARLY AND VOTE TO PASS THE BILL, THEREBY REQUIRING A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY FOR PASSAGE.