Policy Research Institute
NAMI Opposes Medicaid Block Grant
Updated April 11, 2011
Medicaid is the most important source of public mental health funding, paying for nearly half of all services. The draft budget resolution introduced on April 5th by House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) would result in major reductions in future federal spending on Medicaid and convert the program from a federal entitlement to a block grant to the states.
Advocates are strongly encouraged to contact their Senators and urge them to sign-on to Senator Rockefeller's Letter to the President opposing a Medicaid Block Grant. All Senate offices can be reached at 1 (888) 876-6242 or (202) 224-3121 or send an e-mail message to your congressional member.
More information and analyses of the Medicaid block grant proposal in the draft House budget resolution is available at:
Ryan’s Rx for Medicaid Means Millions More Uninsured or Underinsured Seniors, People with Disabilities and Children, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities;
Medicaid Block Grant Would Shift Financial Risks and Costs to States, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities;
Medicaid Block Grant or Funding Caps Would Shift Costs to States, Beneficiaries and Providers, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; and
Cutting Medicaid for Seniors and People with Disabilities, State Fact Sheets from Families USA.