Medicaid is the single most important healthcare program for children in America, and we believe indiscriminate cuts to Medicaid will hurt children disproportionately. Children are already the lowest funded population group in the federal budget. As Congress considers the future of Medicaid, any potential reforms must protect the unique needs of children.
Further, cuts to Medicaid by lawmakers in Washington, D.C. will simply shift the costs from the federal government to states, providers, families and patients. So-called “block grants” or “per capita caps” would put state budgets at risk if Medicaid costs were to go up — as happens during recessions or natural disasters. This would make it hard for states to deal with competing priorities like education or transportation.