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GOP govs: Let states decide Medicaid spending
GOP govs to Congress: US fiscal fix should let states decide Medicaid rules, spending
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The nation's 29 Republican governors want Congress to loosen federal restrictions on how states spend money on health care for poor and disabled Americans.

In a report Tuesday, the GOP governors said states should have a bigger role in determining benefits and who's eligible for them under the joint federal-state Medicaid program.

They also want Congress to undo an expansion of the program from its currently 69 million beneficiaries to 95 million over the next decade under President Barack Obama's 2010 health care overhaul. The governors are hoping the report gives them a voice in the upcoming debt debate on Capitol Hill.

Democrats have long expressed fears that switching Medicaid money to so-called block grants would allow governors to balance their budgets by reducing health care for the poor.

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