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Capitol Health Call
March 9, 2005

Medicaid Machinations

JAMA. 2005;293(10):1181. doi:10.1001/jama.293.10.1181-b

Michael O. Leavitt, Secretary of Health and Human Services, offered changes for Medicaid in a February 1 speech. Leavitt’s remarks set the stage for President Bush’s efforts to cut federal spending in light of record budget deficits.

Citing a doubling in Medicaid spending over the past 10 years, Leavitt said the administration needed to uncover and eliminate inefficiencies in the program. Leavitt also said Medicaid could save money by closing loopholes that allow older individuals to become eligible for the insurance program by giving away assets to their children.

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