The package also includes an $800 million cut to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (), a policy incubator that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services uses to test innovative payment approaches.
These funds were a one-time, additional appropriation “to reimburse states for eligible CHIP expenses.” According to the rescission request, the authority “to obligate these funds to states expired on Sept. 30, 2017, and the remaining funding is no longer needed.”
A second request would rescind nearly $1.9 billion from the Child Enrollment Contingency Fund, which provides payments to states that experience shortfalls from higher-than-expected enrollment. The White House notes that there were $2.4 billion available as of March 23, 2018, and that CMS “does not expect that any state would require a contingency fund payment in fiscal year 2018; therefore, this funding is not needed.”
If enacted, these rescissions “would have no programmatic impact,” according to the White House.
A broad coalition of physicians’ organizations and other advocates protested the proposed cuts in ato Congress.