Ryan’s Medicaid Cuts Would Have Cost States $555 Billion Over Past Decade

States would have lost $555 billion over the past decade if House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) proposed Medicaid cuts had been in effect starting in 2001, analysis from The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) shows. Under Ryan’s plan, which would convert Medicaid to a block grant, federal Medicaid funds in most states would be reduced by more than 35 percent by 2010 — and by more than 50 percent for some — totaling an estimated $80.7 billion in cuts in 2010 alone. For fiscal years 2013 through 2022, the Ryan budget would cut Medicaid by at least $1.7 trillion, with the repeal of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion accounting for $919 billion of these cuts, and about $810 billion in reductions stemming from the block grant itself. CBPP used ten years of factual spending data — as opposed to hypothetical estimates — in the analysis. — Fatima Najiy