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GOP Lawmakers Offer Medicaid ‘Per Capita Cap’ Plan

The proposal was offered by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., who chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the top Republican on the Finance Committee. In addition, Politico reports that advocates are lining up to attempt to convince Congress to find ways to fix the across-the-board cuts put in place by sequestration.

The Hill: Republicans Propose Medicaid Caps
Two prominent Republicans outlined a plan Wednesday to limit federal Medicaid spending and give states more control over the program. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), who chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the top Republican on the Finance Committee, proposed a "per capita cap" on Medicaid benefits (Baker, 5/1).

Politico: The Next Sequester Victors?
Congress and President Barack Obama spared the FAA from the full brunt of sequester, sending a clear message: We’re willing to cave. Now advocates for other agencies and programs are lining up by the newly opened door, looking for fixes to their own across-the-board budget cut woes (Samuelsohn and Nather, 5/1).

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