Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Chairman of the Republican Governors Association, sent a follow-up letter to President Barack Obama asking him to meet with governors about Medicaid reform. Governor Jindal was one of eleven Republican governors who asked President Obama for a meeting in a letter dated December 4, 2012. The governors have not received a response to the December 4th letter.
Earlier this week, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote a letter to governors asserting that states do not have the option to partially expand Medicaid under Obamacare.
In today’s letter, Governor Jindal writes:
We regret that we have not heard from you regarding our pending meeting request. In the wake of Secretary Sebelius’s letter, it is clear that a meeting to discuss the future of Medicaid is more important than ever.
“Many governors are in the middle of preparing their budgets for the next fiscal year and the lack of cooperation from the federal government is disappointing,” Governor Jindal said. “Frankly, it is in the best interests of both the President and the states for a serious meeting about the future of Medicaid to occur as soon as possible.”