Hatch Pushes To Repeal State Medicaid Mandate

Law360, New York (May 3, 2011, 7:42 PM EDT) -- Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, proposed a bill Tuesday that would repeal the health care overhaul's so-called maintenance of effort mandate, which requires states to maintain Medicaid eligibility levels until their new health insurance exchanges get off the ground.

The State Flexibility Act, or S. 868, will save taxpayers $2.8 billion over the first five years, the Congressional Budget Office found, according to Hatch, who said the mandate interferes with states' ability to cut Medicaid spending in tough economic times.

“These onerous requirements have been a poison...
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