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Brian Blase Quoted in Axios – March 28, 2024

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Brian Blase, Ph.D., is the President of Paragon Health Institute. Brian was Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House’s National Economic Council (NEC) from 2017-2019, where he coordinated the development and execution of numerous health policies and advised the President, NEC director, and senior officials. After leaving the White House, Brian founded Blase Policy Strategies and serves as its CEO.

On March 28, 2024, Paragon President Brian Blase was quoted in Axios‘s article “GOP plans for Medicaid cuts could face backlash.”

From the article:

-Former Trump administration health official Brian Blase, now president of the Paragon Health Institute, is calling for reducing the federal government’s 90% share of Medicaid expansion costs, which is much higher than its usual match rate.

-Blase said that would ensure “the federal government’s not paying more for the able-bodied expansion population than pregnant moms, kids and people with disabilities.”

-It would also push more costs onto states, which ACA supporters argue could discourage the remaining holdout states from expanding or even prompt some expansion states to drop coverage.

-Blase said that change, along with ensuring that rich states compared with poor states aren’t getting more generous federal support for Medicaid, “should be and would be on the table” in a second Trump term.

The full article can be found in Axios.

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