House Committee Seeks $114B in Savings; Proposes Slashing Parts of PPACA, Medicaid

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee announced legislative recommendations that would save the federal government $114 billion over the next ten years by cutting provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and some Medicaid measures.

The reconciliation is meant to replace automatic defense spending cuts written into the Budget Control Act.

Some of the Energy and Commerce Committee Recommendations Include:
  • Repealing the Prevention and Public Health Fund.
  • Repealing HHS' unlimited direct appropriation to establish state health exchanges.
  • Cutting funding for the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan program, which provides government loans to non-profit health plans.
  • Bringing the Medicaid Provider Tax threshold to 5.5 percent, up from the 3.5 percent proposed in the president's FY 2013 budget.
  • Repealing Medicaid maintenance-of-effort requirements on states.

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