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House health bill includes Medicaid relief for states

Washington Post, November 16, 2009

In the House healthcare bill is $23.5 billion that would allow Congress to continue pumping billions in new short-term aid to states to cover Medicaid costs that have increased with rising unemployment in the past year. Medicaid relief for states comprised one of the biggest pieces of February's $787 billion federal stimulus package, but that funding will run out next year, halfway through states' next round of spending plans. Under the Affordable Health Care for America Act, the federal government would continue to pay a higher share of all Medicaid costs—66% on average, up from 57% before the stimulus—for an additional six months.