During an interview yesterday on Fox News Sunday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan applauded efforts to reform Medicaid by giving more flexibility to states to tailor the program to their unique populations, while also praising the success of the Healthy Indiana Plan. U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, a member of the House Budget Committee, last month re-introduced the State Health Flexibility Act, which would reform the Medicaid program by block-granting the federal share of Medicaid funding to states, ultimately saving taxpayers $2 trillion over ten years. Rokita has been joined on the bill by 40 cosponsors.
Rokita will join Chairman Ryan and other members of the House Budget Committee at a press conference at 10:30 a.m. ET tomorrow to introduce the House Republicans' FY2014 budget resolution. The press conference will be streamed live on speaker.gov/live.
"We think the Obamacare expansion of Medicaid is reckless. We're pushing people, 20 million people, into a program that's failing. More and more doctors and hospitals don't even take the program. So we want to reform Medicaid by giving states the ability to customize the Medicaid program to meet the unique needs of their Medicaid populations.
" Indiana is a perfect example. They have a fantastic Medicaid program that Mitch Daniels created in Indiana that is popular, that's successful, that's working well, but Obamacare prevents it from going forward. We want to give states like Indiana, states like Wisconsin, the tools they need to make these benefits work for their populations, and we don't want to push more people into a failing program," Ryan said in the Fox News Sunday interview.