Se­nate passes $26.1 bil­lion Med­i­caid pack­age for the states; a House vote is slated for this week.

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The Se­nate passed a $26.1 bil­lion pack­age of state aid that ex­tends a higher fed­eral share of Med­i­caid fund­ing un­til mid-2011, clear­ing the way for a House vote early this week and earn­ing plau­dits from the provider sec­tor. Un­der the bill, en­hanced fed­eral Med­i­caid fund­ing—cre­ated by a 2009 eco­nomic stim­u­lus pack­age—would be phased down over two quar­ters in 2011. The fed­eral govern­ment has been pay­ing a 6.2% higher Med­i­caid match to states. But that amount will fall to 3.2% in the first quar­ter of 2011, then 1.2% in the sec­ond quar­ter run­ning through June. The bill passed on a 61-39 vote.

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