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    • Stateline Story
    February 23, 2005
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    California could lose $10 billion in federal grants over the next five years under President Bushs budget proposal, followed by New York, which faces a $6 billion cut. A state-by-state projection issued by the Center on Budget Policy Priorities, a group that focuses on policies affecting the poor, estimates the local impact if Congress OKs the presidents 2006 budget plan. more

    • Stateline Story
    February 8, 2005
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    States were spared the drastic cuts in Medicaid that many feared would be part of President Bush's budget proposal. However, an array of programs ranging from job training to environment that are important to states are on the chopping block. By one estimate, grants to states and local governments, other than Medicaid, would shrink by $10.7 billion or 4.5 percent under the president's plan. more

    • Stateline Story
    January 31, 2005
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    Soaring Medicaid expenses will force governors into a Sophie's Choice between health care for grandparents or education for grandkids, says Raymond C. Scheppach, executive director of the National Governors Association. more

    • Stateline Story
    January 27, 2005
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    The explosive growth in Medicaid spending since 2000 largely was fueled by millions more poor and disabled Americans forced to seek government-financed health care during the nations economic downturn, according to a new analysis by the Urban Institute. The study comes as state and federal budget writers consider how to reel in Medicaid's runaway costs. more

    • Stateline Story
    January 14, 2005
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    A bipartisan group of 10 governors will meet behind closed doors in Washington, D.C., on the eve of the Inauguration to talk about Medicaid funding amid fears that President Bush might try to cap federal support for the program. more

    • Stateline Story
    January 13, 2005
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    States in 2005 will try to dangle enticements to get baby boomers and senior citizens to sock away money for nursing home and long-term health care costs, thus saving money for states. Look for states to prod Congress to pass a law allowing them to pool Medicaid money with private personal funds to pay for long-term care. More states plan to explore tax breaks for citizens who buy private long-term care insurance. more

    • Stateline Story
    January 3, 2005
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    Health costs are rising at a pitiless clip, forcing states to spend record sums on medical services for the poor, elderly and disabled. Yet heavy spending on health didnt keep the number of uninsured Americans from climbing to 45 million in the last 12 months. more

    • Stateline Story
    December 13, 2004
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    States have 12 months to get ready for a new Medicare prescription drug benefit for seniors. While Medicare is a federal program, states will play a central role in administering and financing a large chunk of the new federal drug coverage, state lawmakers were told at a health policy conference sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures. more

    • Stateline Story
    November 23, 2004
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    The states have plenty for which to be thankful. Of course, the bounty enjoyed by the nations state and local government does not exactly amount to a four-course meal. However, the "harvest" that states have enjoyed over the years ensures states many of the same liberties sought by the early settlers and allows states to provide the necessary services to their citizens. Here are just a few items that states are thankful for: more

    • Stateline Story
    October 5, 2004
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    A new 50-state survey outlines the scope of Medicaids budget woes this fiscal year. The cost of caring for 52 million poor and disabled Americans who rely on Medicaid for health care is projected to jump 11.7 percent for states this fiscal year, four times faster than all other state expenditures, according to the report by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. more

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