Subcommittee Republicans submitted a number of thoughtful questions to CMS following July testimony on Medicaid – Questions still have yet to be answered
WASHINGTON, DC – Republican Members of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA), are still waiting for answers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Subcommittee members posed several dozen questions to CMS Deputy Administrator Vikki Wachino following her testimony at a July 8, 2015, hearing that examined the Medicaid program, now in its 50th year. The series of questions were submitted on July 27 with a requested response date of August 10. Over five months later, not one member has received a response to a single question.
In a letter to Wachino, the committee members with unanswered questions write, “We appreciated your time and effort preparing and delivering testimony before the Subcommittee, but we are troubled that the agency has yet to respond to substantial Subcommittee interest and key oversight questions. Accordingly, we are resending you our questions and respectfully request every effort be made to respond in an expeditious manner.”
The July 8 hearing entitled, “Medicaid at 50: Strengthening and Sustaining the Program,” examined Medicaid’s current and foreseeable challenges, including budget sustainability and meaningful access to care for patients.
“Medicaid is a critical program for the nation’s most vulnerable. Our Members had a number of thoughtful and substantive questions following the July hearing, and we submitted them through the appropriate channels. A response is long overdue and we hope CMS will swiftly extend the courtesy of answering these important questions,” added Chairman Pitts.
Strengthening and sustaining Medicaid for the nation’s most vulnerable is a priority for the committee. In November, full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) appointed a Medicaid Task Force to complement and build upon the important work the committee has already undertaken to improve the Medicaid program.
Read the letter and list of Member questions online here.