INARF is pleased to provide additional information on federal legislation, keeping members abreast of national advocacy efforts to address industry issues. INARF’s national partner ANCOR has shared that the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a markup on the Common Sense Savings Act of 2016 (H.R. 4725) on March 14 and 15.The bill seeks to make several changes to the Medicaid program. It would restrict eligibility for benefits for lottery winners and prisoners and repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund. It would also sunset the enhance FMAP match for CHIP that was established in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The bill contains provisions regarding Medicaid provider taxes, which states use to increase federal funding. The bill would reduce the provider tax threshold to 5.5 percent from the current 6 percent. The committee considered, and defeated, an amendment that would have struck that proposed change to the legislation.
Due to general dislike of the provider tax among Members of Congress, the bill is unlikely to gain any traction at this time. As any additional information about the bill becomes available, INARF will provide further updates to members.