U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita today joined fellow members of the House Budget Committee in introducing a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2014 that balances the nation's budget in ten years, makes responsible reforms to strengthen safety net programs, and create jobs and grow the economy. The budget includes Medicaid reforms advanced by Rokita that would strengthen the program by giving increased flexibility to states.
"For more than two years, we have led a national "family discussion' about the need to rein in spending, debt, and federal government overreach. Today we are continuing to lead with a balanced, responsible budget plan that clearly addresses the biggest problems America is facing.
"Our budget plan will balance within a decade and is a down payment on a prosperous future. It stops spending money we don't have, and it returns the federal government to its proper size and scope. It does this, in part, by making responsible reforms to safety net programs like Medicaid.
"Our Medicaid reforms would give increased flexibility to states like Indiana, which has had tremendous success with our home-grown Healthy Indiana Plan. Rather than shoving millions more people into the existing broken Medicaid system, as Obamacare does, our plan allows states to tailor Medicaid to their unique populations to ensure that the program is truly serving those who need it," said Rokita.
In addition to his work on the FY2014 budget resolution, Rokita 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 and giving states increased flexibility in the delivery of Medicaid services. Rokita has been joined on the bill by 40 cosponsors.