By Julian Pecquet - 03/08/12 07:52 PM EST
The top Republicans with jurisdiction over Medicaid demanded Thursday that the Obama administration provide them with an update on the program's financial status that was due Jan. 1.
Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Senate Finance ranking member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) point out in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that the federal government's share of Medicaid spending is expected to reach $4.4 trillion over the new 10 years. Over that time period, Medicaid spending as a percentage of the national economy is projected to grow by 35 percent, they add.
The letter goes on to ask HHS to provide a rationale for its tardiness in releasing the report, an update on where it is in the process and an estimate of when Congress can expect to see it delivered.