In the next two months the federal “Super Committee” could wreck NC’s Medicaid program and cost our state millions of dollars.

North Carolina may not have a member on the so-called Congressional “super committee” tasked to come up with a plan for reducing the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next ten years, but we sure have a vested interest in what these 12 members of Congress decide.  And the decisions will be made quickly – by November 23rd!  Think that what this committee does will have little effect on NC?  Think again:

1.  The budget deal that created this “super committee” already included nearly $1 trillion in spending cuts that have already passed Congress – so billions in federal cuts have already happened.

2.  A responsible plan from the “super committee” must include revenue increases along with any more proposed spending cuts.  Protecting tax breaks for the wealthiest people in this country – like the lower tax rate on income from capital gains than on income from wages – while requiring children, seniors, people with disabilities and ordinary families to bear the brunt of benefit cuts would be ridiculous.

3.  Deficit reduction must not mean cutting Medicaid.  This would be devastating to North Carolinians who rely on Medicaid for health care.  It would mean cutting health care access for thousands of NC’s children, denying care to seniors in nursing homes, and taking away the ability of people with serious disabilities to live in their homes and their communities.

4.  Proposals shouldn’t just shift costs to North Carolina.  Right now in Washington there is talk of a state “blended rate” for Medicaid that would save the federal government millions.  All this really means is that the federal government would give the states less money for their Medicaid programs – making it necessary for NC to reduce access to care and charge more to families.

5.  The only fair and effective way to control Medicaid spending is to control OVERALL health costs.  The NC Medicaid program, through its community care health care coordination program, has done a far better job at controlling health costs than the private sector, saving nearly $1.5 billion in health care costs for NC just since 2007.  Applying those methods to the private sector can result in cost savings while improving care for everyone.

Want to keep up with the antics of the “super committee”?  We’ll be covering it here in NC and FamiliesUSA has a great site devoted just to the committee.

5 Comments

  1. Unemployed and Unaffiliated

    September 16, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    CDC program cuts are looming as well, that could have a big impact on DHHS.

  2. October2011.org

    September 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    In the 2012 budget bill signed in February, the CDC already suffered $1.3 billion in cuts. Our priorities are seriously out of wack.

    U.S. Out Of Afghanistan, anybody? Its costing us over 2 billion a week.

    Why weren’t there any anti-war protesters outside Reynolds Coliseum on Wednesday when B.O. spoke?

  3. Jimmy

    September 17, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Congratulations ! We’re now in the top 10 of poorest states in the US.! 100 years of Democratic leadership has gotten us to where we are now.

  4. Alex O'Connor

    September 17, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I wish we had more community health centers for everyone with the team approach. My health care with MS is expensive and inefficient. There has to be a better way.

  5. Jack

    September 19, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Yeah! And in the first session the Republicans are in a leadership role at the NCGA they want to amend the state’s Constitution to legalize hate. I guess that places NC in a unique category of the only state that is not only financially bankrupt but morally bankrupt as well.