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GOP lawmakers ask governors for ideas on improving Medicaid
Modern Healthcare

Republican leaders in both chambers of Congress on Monday sent a letter to the nation’s 50 governors asking for their ideas on how to improve the Medicaid program.

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, expressed concern about the quality of care provided to Medicaid recipients and the levels of waste, fraud and abuse in the program. The letter said that Medicaid is bankrupting federal and state budgets, and that the federal government will spend $4.6 trillion on Medicaid over the next 10 years.