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Originally published as: Nicole Huberfeld, "Medicaid Block Grants Would Gut Law and Cut Care," The Hill, January 31, 2020.
Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new policy that tries to undo the Medicaid program as it has existed for 55 years. HHS attempts to convert Medicaid to a block grant program, a Holy Grail for many conservatives. But any block grant system would be illegal, and if implemented, would leave many without necessary medical care.