The threat to Medicaid isn’t a government shutdown. It’s block grants.

Two years in, senior Trump administration officials are still hunting for new ways to cut Medicaid. Seema Verma, who runs the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for President Trump, has been exploring whether the agency could implement Medicaid block grants, Politico reported last week. It would represent the most aggressive action yet by the Trump White House to cut Medicaid spending. (The program is unaffected by the ongoing government shutdown, however, because it is considered mandatory spending.) The details are still to be determined, and the plan might not even be legally permissible: Some experts argue CMS lacks the authority to change Medicaid’s funding formula without c ... | Read more at Vox