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The Medicaid Regulations: Stopping the Abuse of Taxpayers' Dollars

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Publication Date: May 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Nina Owcharenko

Series: WebMemo

Topic: Health (Health care financing)

Keywords: Health care; Medicaid; entitlements

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


Congress may soon undermine efforts to instill integrity into the Medicaid program by weakening important safeguards against its abuse. These safeguards are embodied in seven rules proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). These rules would establish clear guidance for states seeking federal matching payments. However, the Protecting the Medicaid Safety Net Act (H.R. 5613) would extend a moratorium on these rules.