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Barbour testifies on Medicaid

Barbour testifies on Medicaid

By: Magnolia Tribune - July 15, 2011

Gov. Haley Barbour today testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance on the need for Medicaid reform.

Gov. Barbour described difficulties states have in shaping Medicaid to fit their unique needs. He repeated his calls for a block grant allocation that would allow states to provide better care to residents, who participate in the program.

“It is unrealistic and unfair to think that states can manage their Medicaid programs when the federal government permits the states no flexibility in designing and no flexibility in administering their programs while the federal government is continuing to push the ever-growing costs for the program down to the states,” Gov. Barbour said. “Most governors accept the fact that states will receive less money from the federal government for Medicaid but in return we must have more flexibility to achieve the savings required.”

Barbour is in Utah to attend the National Governors Association meeting. encourages an open exchange of affirming and dissenting opinions on our stories, and we consider it an important element of the user experience on We invite you to comment on our content as part of our interactive community, but please keep the discourse civil and refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.

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