CSG, ERC pass resolutions to preserve Medicaid state-federal partnership

At our meetings in Virginia last week, both the National and Eastern Region Council of State Governments passed resolutions urging federal policymakers to support and continue the successful Medicaid state-federal partnership and “avoid the imposition of new burdens on state budgets.” The resolutions are in response to signals from the incoming federal administration and Congress to place new limits on Medicaid funding to states combined with more flexibility operating the program. Across the ERC region, Medicaid covers one in five residents, including 1.4 million newly eligible under the Affordable Care Act, brings in $79.8 billion in federal funds to fund health services, and makes up between 18% and 37% of ERC state budgets.