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

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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.”β€œIt’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.”