On April 20, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) issued a report that outlines the impact that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's budget proposal would have had on Medicaid had the block grants proposal been implemented a decade ago.
Ryan's budget plan, which was passed by the House recently, proposes to convert Medicaid funding to a block grant program, limiting federal funds to a set amount rather than matching a percentage of state's expenditures. The report notes that every state would have received substantially less from the federal government, with most states facing reductions of 35 to 50 percent. If this part of the budget proposal becomes law, federal Medicaid funding would be cut by $810 billion"”an average of 22 percent"”over the next 10 years.
Ryan's budget proposal was passed by the House on March 29, but has not yet been voted on by the Senate.