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NJ Daily / HILL BRIEFS

Reid Seeks To Fast-Track Medicaid Bill

April 25, 2008

Health. Senate Majority Leader Reid moved late Thursday to bring legislation halting seven administration Medicaid regulations to the floor, bypassing the Senate Finance Committee. A spokeswoman said today Reid is working with Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus to work out the timing for Senate consideration. Finance ranking member Charles Grassley opposes the measure, and is urging his colleagues to explore how to improve the regulations instead. Despite a White House veto threat, the House passed it 349-62 this week. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed the regulations to cut back on states taking advantage of the system to squeeze out dollars for services not technically covered under Medicaid. Proponents of the bill argue the regulations would jeopardize essential services for children, the disabled and other low-income recipients.

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