Vague on details, health official rejects GOP govs' Medicaid pitch

Democratic governors expressed skepticism over block grants during a National Governors Association meeting last weekend. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) said it would limit access to healthcare in a time of economic crisis.

“Funding would remain level as demand’s increasing, leavings states with one option – cutting services at a time when they’re most needed,” Markell said on Sunday

Mississippi governor and possible Republican presidential candidate Haley Barbour threw his support behind a Medicaid block-grant program Tuesday morning.

“Most governors would take that in a heartbeat,” Barbour said at the FAH conference. “We would make Medicaid better. We would make Medicaid less expensive.”

Barbour said he would bring the same message to the House Energy and Commerce Committee Tuesday morning in a hearing on states’ Medicaid burdens.