The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reports on proposed legislation that would increase federal Medicaid assistance based on each state’s unemployment rate. These increases would bolster state budgets in recessions, including in the current pandemic-related recession. States are anticipating massive budget shortfalls and without federal assistance, will be forced to make cuts in education, health care (including Medicaid), and other services. Increased federal Medicaid assistance not only helps shore up state budgets, but also protects Medicaid and those who depend on it for health coverage. #covid-19
Senate bill would increase federal Medicaid assistance to states in fiscal distress
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