Hospital groups are already up in arms over the Republican proposal to remake Medicaid into a block grant program.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Aiming to shave some $810 million from the federal budget, vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) wants to transform Medicaid by changing its open-ended funding structure into 1 based on block grants.
That has hospitals running scared of the estimated 31% cut in reimbursements to healthcare providers Ryan's proposal would entail. His budget, which has twice cleared the U.S. House of Representatives, would peel off between 14 million and 27 million patients from Medicaid by 2021.
When Ryan's budget dropped last year, hospital groups were quick to slam the Medicaid proposal and its then-lower $771 million in Medicaid cuts.