Members of the non-partisan legislative agency that advises Congress on Medicaid and CHIP issues expressed concern at their most recent meeting about the possibility of the federal government turning Medicaid into a block grant program.

At their meeting in Washington, D.C. last week, members of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission discussed the steps they would need to take to advise policy-makers about the issues they would need to address in making such a major policy change and the possibility that such a shift would result in a reduction of funding for Medicaid over time.

These issues are especially important to private safety-net hospitals because of the especially  large numbers of Medicaid patients they serve and the importance of Medicaid revenue to their overall financial health.

Learn more about the MACPAC discussion about Medicaid block grants in this Roll Call article.