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    This page contains letters signed by elected officials, usually written to the President or relevant members of Congress.

NGA-0804HC on Apr 2, 2008

Letter: delaying Medicaid changes that shift costs from feds to states
Source: Letter from 4 governors to House Cmte. on Energy & Commerce
The nation's governors urge you to include state countercyclical funding as part of your legislation to stimulate the economy. This would include $6 billion in Medicaid assistance by freezing scheduled federal FMAP reductions and increasing all states' FMAP as well as providing $6 billion in a flexible block grant.

The revenue reductions and Medicaid increases that accompany all economic downturns, in combination with state balanced budget requirements, are forcing states to cut spending as the economy weakens. These actions are procyclical and will make the current downturn both longer and more severe.

States already are experiencing the effects of the slowing economy. During the last two recessions, the state fiscal picture continued to deteriorate for two years after the recessions ended. If the current downturn follows the path of the two previous recessions, 35 to 40 states will face budget cuts in 2009.

In 2003, While we strongly believe that a more thoughtful and collaborative consideration of the issues raised by these regulations is in the best interest of the Medicaid program, there simply is not sufficient time during the remainder of the congressional calendar to fashion appropriate solutions. Your legislation delays implementation of the regulations to ensure Congress has sufficient time to act appropriately on the regulations.

Your leadership on this high priority of the nation's governors is very much appreciated.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 5. Question 5: Expand ObamaCare Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Health Care
  • Headline: Delay Medicaid changes that shift costs from feds to states (Score: -1)

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  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
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Democrats participating in NGA-0804HC

Jon Corzine s1sNJ Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Ed Rendell s1sPA Former Democratic Governor (2002-2010) 



Republicans participating in NGA-0804HC

Jim Douglas s1sVT Former Republican Governor (2002-2010) 
Tim Pawlenty s1sMN Former Republican Governor (2002-2010) 



Independents participating in NGA-0804HC



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 2
Republicans: 2
Independents: 0


















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