Ohio senator seeks to increase spending to coordinate care for medically complex children

March 23, 2015

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced an amendment to the Republican budget that would boost Medicaid funding for "medically complex" children. The amendment would create a deficit neutral fund that would focus on increasing integrated and coordinated care for children on Medicaid who have multiple, serious, rare or chronic illnesses. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the ranking member of the Budget Committee, said, while Portman's amendment "touches upon a serious issue," it's a bigger problem that the Republican budget would repeal Obamacare and cut Medicaid. Sanders introduced an amendment that would shield Medicaid from budget cuts. The Vermont senator urged his colleagues to support Portman's amendment but said they should "also vote for my amendment."