Bob Atlas Quoted in “ACA Repeal Bill Would Cap Medicaid Payments Below Actual Costs”

Modern Healthcare

Bob Atlas, a Strategic Advisor and President of EBG Advisors, Inc., in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted in Modern Healthcare, in “ACA Repeal Bill Would Cap Medicaid Payments Below Actual Costs,” by Harris Meyer.

Following is an excerpt:

“They're giving states an immediate full haircut, taking the excess from year zero and clawing it back in quarterly increments,” said Robert Atlas, a health policy consultant with Epstein Becker & Green in Washington. “It's a definitive cap.” …

[Edwin Park, vice president for health policy at CBPP] said the M-CPI has been 0.2 percentage points less than actual Medicaid per-capita costs, while Atlas calculates the difference at 1.5 percentage points. Both say, however, that federal Medicaid payments would decline by about the same amount over a decade, with Atlas putting the federal spending cut at $387 billion over a decade.