Senate approves $1.1B Medicaid cut to help offset cuts in health care

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, voted to approve the Senate’s $1 billion Medicaid cut Wednesday to help offsets the cuts made to Medicaid in the 2018 budget.

The measure passed with a 53-46 vote.

The amendment to the House budget also passed with support from some Democrats.

The House has until July 17 to pass the House-passed version of the bill.

Alexander also voted to extend a Medicaid increase from 2019 to 2021.

“We must continue to expand health care coverage for low-income people in order to provide critical support for the nation’s vulnerable,” he said.

The Senate approved the $1,000 reduction for Medicaid enrollees that was proposed by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

The bill would also extend the Medicaid expansion for three years.

“This is the first time we’ve heard a bipartisan compromise on Medicaid expansion in years, and I’m excited to work with the Senate to move this bill forward,” Murray said.