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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