Wednesday, March 16, 2016

House Committee Advances Package Containing Medicaid Cuts

Drew Thies

The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted Tuesday to advance a resolution which cuts the rate that so-called “provider assessments” are allowed to fund Medicaid.

The “Common Sense Savings Act of 2016” is a budget-minded measure supported by Republican leadership that passed on a party-line 28-19 vote in the full committee. The package contains $25 billion in health cuts and is seen as an attempt to garner conservative support for a larger GOP budget.

During the markup, an amendment was offered by Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) to strike the section of the bill that cut provider assessments. The amendment garnered the support of all Democrats on the committee as well as Reps. Larry Buschon and Susan Brooks, both Republicans from Indiana.

AHCA Senior Vice President for Government Relations Clifton J. Porter II said in a statement following the passage of the package, “Contrary to its name, this bill as it stands today does not take a common sense approach to saving dollars.”

 “It cuts a lifeline for millions that is already underfunded — the Medicaid program,” Porter continued.

The package will inform upcoming House budget negotiations as Republican leadership continues seek agreement within their caucus on an official budget recommendation. The Senate has indicated it currently has no plans to pursue a budget in 2016.

House Energy & Commerce Committee Voting Record on HR 4725:

First
Last
Final Vote
Party
State
Joe
Barton
y
REP
TX
Gus
Bilirakis
y
REP
FL
Marsha
Blackburn
Absent
REP
TN
Susan
Brooks
y
REP
IN
Larry
Bucshon
y
REP
IN
Michael
Burgess
y
REP
TX
G.K.
Butterfield
n
DEM
NC
Lois
Capps
n
DEM
CA
Tony
Cardenas
n
DEM
CA
Kathy
Castor
n
DEM
FL
Yvette
Clarke
n
DEM
NY
Chris
Collins
y
REP
NY
Kevin
Cramer
y
REP
ND
Diana
DeGette
Absent
DEM
CO
Mike
Doyle
n
DEM
PA
Renee
Ellmers
Absent
REP
NC
Eliot
Engel
Absent
DEM
NY
Anna
Eshoo
Absent
DEM
CA
Bill
Flores
y
REP
TX
Gene
Green
n
DEM
TX
Morgan
Griffith
y
REP
VA
Brett
Guthrie
y
REP
KY
Gregg
Harper
Absent
REP
MS
Richard
Hudson
y
REP
NC
Bill
Johnson
y
REP
OH
Joseph
Kennedy
n
DEM
MA
Adam
Kinzinger
y
REP
IL
Leonard
Lance
y
REP
NJ
Bob
Latta
y
REP
OH
Dave
Loebsack
n
DEM
IA
Billy
Long
y
REP
MO
Ben
Lujan
n
DEM
NM
Doris
Matsui
n
DEM
CA
David
McKinley
y
REP
WV
Cathy
McMorris Rodgers
y
REP
WA
Jerry
McNerney
n
DEM
CA
Markwayne
Mullin
y
REP
OK
Tim
Murphy
y
REP
PA
Pete
Olson
y
REP
TX
Frank
Pallone
n
DEM
NJ
Joe
Pitts
y
REP
PA
Mike
Pompeo
y
REP
KS
Bobby
Rush
Absent
DEM
IL
John
Sarbanes
n
DEM
MD
Steve
Scalise
y
REP
LA
Jan
Schakowsky
n
DEM
IL
Kurt
Schrader
n
DEM
OR
John
Shimkus
y
REP
IL
Paul
Tonko
n
DEM
NY
Fred
Upton
y
REP
MI
Greg
Walden
y
REP
OR
Peter
Welch
n
DEM
VT
Edward
Whitfield
y
REP
KY
John
Yarmuth
n
DEM
KY

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