The District of Columbia will suspend payments made through its Medicaid program to fee-for-service and managed care providers until the government shut down ends. The District, unlike the fifty states, requires Congressional permission to use local funds to draw down federal dollars through its Medicaid program. The District could use an emergency contingency fund to make payments, but has decided not to do so since it would not have the authority to replenish the funds after they are withdrawn. It would need Congress to authorize replacing the funds. The suspension of payments will affect providers who serve approximately 220,000 beneficiaries within the District.
Source: Inside Health Policy