Super Users Responsible for Half of Medicaid Spending

The top five percent of Medicaid beneficiary spenders account for almost half of the program’s expenditures, according to a new analysis released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). In contrast, in each fiscal year from 2009 through 2011, the least expensive half of Medicaid beneficiaries accounted for less than eight percent of program spending.

Upcoming Congressional Meetings and Hearings

House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee: hearing on “Improving Competition in Medicare: Removing Moratoria and Expanding Access;” 10:00 a.m., 1100 Longworth Bldg.; May 19

Senate Budget Committee: hearing on oversight of the Congressional Budget Office; 10:30 a.m., 608 Dirksen Bldg.; May 19

House Energy and Commerce Committee: opening statements on markup to consider the 21st Century Cures Act; 5:00 p.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.; May 19

House Energy and Commerce Committee: markup to consider the 21st Century Cures Act; 10:00 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.; May 20

House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee: hearing titled “Examining the Use of Administrative Actions in the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act;” 10:00 a.m., 1100 Longworth Bldg.; May 20

Senate Special Aging Committee: hearing titled “Challenging the Status Quo: Solutions to the Hospital Observation Stay Crisis;” 2:15 p.m., 562 Dirksen Bldg.; May 20

House Energy and Commerce Oversight Subcommittee: hearing on opioid abuse issues; 10:15 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Bldg.; May 21

Health Legislation Recently Introduced

H.R. 2247 (ICD-10), to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide for transparent testing to assess the transition under the Medicare fee-for-service claims processing system from the ICD-9 to the ICD-10 standard, and for other purposes; BLACK; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means; May 12

H.R. 2248 (VA), to provide that service of the members of the organization known as the United States Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II constituted active military service for purposes of laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; LOWEY; jointly, to the committees on Veterans’ Affairs and Armed Services; May 12

H.R. 2249 (MEDICAID), to amend title IV of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 to restore Medicaid coverage for citizens of the Freely Associated States lawfully residing in the United States under the Compacts of Free Association between the Government of the United States and the Governments of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau; GABBARD; to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce; May 12

H.R. 2253 (PRIMARY CARE), to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to extend the application of the Medicare payment rate floor to primary care services furnished under Medicaid and to apply the rate floor to additional providers of primary care services; CASTOR; to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce; May 12

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