On February 9, 2016, the Obama Administration released its proposed fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget, which contains significant Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and program integrity legislative proposals – including $419 billion in Medicare savings over 10 years. These proposed policy changes would require action by Congress, and Republican Congressional leaders have already voiced general opposition to the overall budget plan. In addition, many of these proposals have been included in prior Obama Administration proposed budgets without garnering Congressional support. Nevertheless, Medicare and Medicaid savings proposals often find their way into subsequent spending bills as offsets, so these budget policies are worth monitoring.
To read more about Obama’s FY 2017 budget proposal and the proposed policy changes, read the Reed Smith Client Alert written by Carol Loepere, Paul Pitts and Debra McCurdy here.