Inside CMS - 03/21/2019

Azar Rejects Call For Info On Medicaid Block Grant Talks With States

By Michelle M. Stein
March 15, 2019 at 6:07 PM
Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) asked HHS Secretary Alex Azar to inform the Senate Finance Committee about any talks CMS is having with states on running their Medicaid programs through block grants, and the answer he got was no. Azar said informing lawmakers about those conversations wouldn’t be proper. “It violates our ability to work with the governor and the state as they try to consider different approaches,” Azar said. Block grants were one of many Medicaid issues on which lawmakers...

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