Haley Barbour Contradicts GOP Health Plan, Says Not All States May Want To Block Grant Medicaid

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) is at odds with the Republican plan to transform the federal government’s contribution towards Medicaid into a block grant for states, telling reporters today that while he strongly supports the initiative, “not all Republican governors may want a block grant.”“It’s up to the states to decide,” Barbour said. As Politico Pro’s Jason Millman reports, “Barbour, chairman of the Republican Governors Association Public Policy Committee, made the remarks during a meeting with reporters in Washington marking the release of a committee report detailing 31 policy proposals for overhauling Medicaid. The report noted that a block grant ‘may’ provide an innovative opportunity for states to implement a transparent financing mechanism that improves health care efficiency and quality.”