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September 9th, 2015
 

Upmeyer Issues Statement on Auditor Mosiman’s FY16 Budget Review

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State-Capitol(DES MOINES) – House Speaker-Select Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) released the following statement regarding State Auditor Mary Mosiman’s 2016 Fiscal Year budget review:

“Auditor Mosiman’s report today solidifies what House Republicans have been saying for a while:  Medicaid is consuming the state’s budget.  In my opening and closing remarks of the 2015 session, I warned that Medicaid, and the strings attached from an inflexible federal program, is on a collision course with Iowans’ priorities like education, public safety, workforce training, and tax relief.

Fortunately, even as Medicaid has grown at a staggering rate, the state continues to put more money into education for Iowa’s students.  As the Auditor’s report pointed out, Medicaid and support for education has grown from less than 47% of the state budget 20 years ago, to a staggering 76% in Fiscal Year 2015.  This year alone, the increase in Iowa’s share of Medicaid was $151 million.  The growth in Medicaid is limiting the General Assembly’s ability to choose where to make worthwhile investments in Iowa.

House Republicans have worked hard over the last several sessions to make Medicaid more efficient and cut down on fraud.  Last year the Legislature created an asset verification system to ensure benefits are going to those intended, and the new managed care system will help us deliver services more efficiently.  We will continue to look at ways to contain the growth of Medicaid going forward.

House Republicans will continue to be vigilant with Iowan’s tax dollars by continuing with good budgeting practices like not spending more than the state collects and not using one-time funding to pay for ongoing expenses.”


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