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Administration's Medicaid Regulations Will Weaken Coverage, Harm States, and Strain Health Care System

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Publication Date: March 2008

Publisher(s): Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Allison Orris; Judith Solomon

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Health (Health services administration)

Keywords: Economic projections; Federal budget; Health insurance; Senior citizen

Type: Report


Over the last year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a series of Medicaid regulations that could significantly affect health care at the state and local level. These regulations, most of which alter longstanding Medicaid policies, do not require congressional approval.  In fact, in some cases Congress has expressly declined to enact the very same changes that HHS is now making through administrative action.