RGA's Medicaid reform report
August 30th, 2011
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RGA's Medicaid reform report

Washington (CNN) – On the day that congressional Republicans appointed to the "super committee" meet for the first time, GOP governors are looking for more flexibility in reforming Medicaid.

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour said a Medicaid reform report produced Tuesday by the Republican Governors Association should be "helpful" for the congressional super committee.

"Many of these solutions will save money but also improve the quality of care. That ought to be and I expect is exactly what Congress is and should be looking for," Barbour said.

Research on the report began before the "super committee" selections were announced in August. Barbour called the timing of the release purely "serendipitous."

The report's genesis was a joint letter from Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) sent in May 2011 that asked governors to provide suggestions for Medicaid reform. Since research started, Upton was named to the "super committee."

According to Barbour, RGA staff has worked with Upton's office on the report.

"Policies handed down from Washington have significant consequences for states and local governments," Upton said in a release. "Rather than imposing new federal mandates, we are building a new partnership with governors."

Barbour acknowledged that the "super committee" is going to make decisions that will mean less money for states, but said this situation is no different than when Congress is normally in session.

"Whether it is 12 or 535, it is just a number," Barbour said. "Kind of like age."

Signed by all Republican governors, "A New Medicaid: A Flexible, Innovative and Accountable Future" is a 31-point report that Barbour says offers states options for reforming Medicaid.

Some of the suggestions within the report include requiring the federal government to take full responsibility for the uncompensated care of treating illegal immigrants and allowing states more flexibility on determining eligibility for programs.

"We do not expect or recommend that every governor adopt every practice," Barbour said. "But all of these principles are good to be considered by the states."

The report will serve as a basis for a health care summit that the RGA will hold on October 24 and 25, 2011 in Washington, D.C.

soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    GOP: "Please let red states break Medicaid in hopes that the poor and minorities in their states will go to blue states to get better Medicaid."

    August 30, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. kyle

    If it was signed by all Republican Governors, then we know it worthless.

    August 30, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. rs

    They lie! Reform is one thing. Ending it is something quite different.

    August 30, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This guy Barbour should be put out to pasture because all he does for Mississippi is "graze in the money".

    August 30, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. thomas

    Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour sure looks like a real healthy guy !

    I'm sure he has some good input on health care .

    August 30, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. jacq

    They're should also talk about closing tax loop holes in instead of picking on the poor and elderly. There are a lot of old people and kids who have nothing else. Claiming to be the Christians. The GOP should be ashamed.

    August 30, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. Aaron

    Good guess at what the report says. Cut taxes for the rich and corporation, cut out Medicaid. It's the same old thing with these Repubs. Kelly was the first one stupid enough to put it in writing though.

    August 30, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. Ed Texas

    "Backwards Mississippi" Barbour and The GOP caring about Medicaid, the poor, disabled and homeless. That's an oxymoron! To Barbour and the GOP poor, disabled or homeless people deserve what they get since they are in their situation because they "didn't work hard enough" and are just looking for "handouts" from the government. Destroy government and it's programs is a good solution to the GOP in solving the Medicaid problem.

    August 30, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    If Haley would cut back on food, he could contribute tons of money to help the poor in his state (and there are lots of them in Mississippi).

    August 30, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. MTATL

    I read something about Mr. Perry and the states running heath care.

    Governor Perry – he has actively supported turning Medicare into a purely state-run program (State Representative Garnet F. Coleman-TX).After learning about Mr. Perry’s Horseshoe Bay land deal with friends Texas State Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay and Doug Jaffe. $16M from the Texas emerging technology fund has gone to Perry’s campaign contributors companies bypassing several review boards.

    It is not hard to piece together why he wants the states to handle Medicare because he can create any process or procedure to divert funds to himself, friends and his supporters.

    The more I read up on this guy the more I do not want him or my Georgia Governor around my tax dollars.

    August 30, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  11. diridi

    Another Rethuglican and TeaQuida, to the detriment of this nation, and welfare of Corporate greed and Oil greed....shame...not for you middle class America...not for you these idiots...

    August 30, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  12. QS

    "Many of these solutions will save money but also improve the quality of care."

    For who and for who? Since this is a republican idea, I'd have to assume that they're talking about money being saved by corporations somehow, and quality of care improving for those who can afford it.

    August 30, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  13. GOP = Greed Over People

    And we are supposed to believe Upton's appointment to the super committee by Bawlin' Boehner was also "serendipitous."?

    As the saying goes, I was born at night, but it wasn't last night.

    Stop insulting most of Americans, not all of us are as ignorant and gullible as the knuckle draggers that make up and support the tea baggers.

    August 30, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  14. Mike Dallas

    That is just the ticket, a health care recommendation on Medicaid endorsed by the governor of the state ranked #1 as the fattest population of all 50 states.

    One need look no further than the pic of this bipedal walrus wallowing as the governor to see an example of what Mississippi considers "good" health care.

    August 30, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  15. bruce

    Why only GOP members meeting? There should only be full committee meetings with all in attendance and with an OPEN microphone. Meeting separately only serves to strengthen the differences rather to allow the members to a unified solution.

    August 30, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  16. Tired of the nonsense

    Don't touch Medicaid.
    Don't touch Medicare.

    If you want to cut spending, take away the elected officials pension plans and put them on an hourly wage of $12 an hour. They don't earn the money they get as it is, so it might as well be put to good use - the American People.

    August 30, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    Many of these solutions will save money but also improve the quality of care.
    ____________________________________________________________________________________
    This is the kind of health care reform that America needs. Not Obamacare, which sacrifices cost and care in a single-minded pursuit of access.

    Republicans have no interest in ending Medicare, but do know it's time to put in the effort to fix it.

    August 30, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |