New England Handouts:
In addition to the $100 million included in federal Medicaid payments for Nebraska, the bill provides two New England states
with even more money Medicaid funding. According to CBO, the Senate bill now contains about $600 million in extra Medicaid cash to Vermont
, and about $500 million in additional money for Medicaid to Massachusetts
, making these three states the only to receive such funding. Despite claims that these cushy extras for a few states would be scaled back, reports indicate that the White House is still making deals
so these states can keep the handouts. The Dodd Clinic:
Section 10502(a) of the bill provides $100 million for construction at an unnamed "health care facility" affiliated with an academic health center at a public research university in a state with only one public academic medical and dental school. Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) later sent a press release saying that he was securing the money for the University of Connecticut, and then Dodd bragged that
, "These provisions will bring millions of dollars to the state so that Connecticut's residents can receive quality, affordable health care."