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Medicaid The proposal will offer states more negotiating power over drugs costs in exchange for greater accountability for program results. (Image: Shutterstock)

They may be called something else in the Trump administration’s attempt to rebrand them, but in its latest push to protect block grants from legal challenges, it amounts to the same thing: letting states cap a portion of their spending on Medicaid.

According to a Politico report, the latest take on the block grant program, now termed “Healthy Adult Opportunity,” long a priority of Republicans, would allow states to submit a request to cap funding for adults covered by Medicaid expansion, as well as limit health benefits and drugs available to program participants.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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