By Julian Pecquet - 08/02/10 07:37 PM EDT
The Senate bill that would extend enhanced federal Medicaid payments to states would raise the deficit by almost $5 billion, according to a Congressional Budget Office estimate obtained by The Hill.
The $16.1 billion cost of the Medicaid FMAP (Federal Medical Assistance Percentages) increase is fully offset, but other provisions of the bill would add $4.891 billion to the deficit over 10 years. Lobbyists and health policy analysts say the score might doom a proposal that was already failing to attract support from moderate Republicans.
A cloture vote is expected around 5:30 p.m.