Greg Abbott campaigned for governor by saying the state should seek federal approval to receive Medicaid aid via block grants. The state, he said, could manage how such money is spent better than the federal government does.
“The one-size-fits-all approach, mandated from Washington, D.C., and the Medicaid system, does not help Texas address the unique needs of the diverse population we have in this state,” Abbott said in Houston in September 2014. His Healthy Texans Plan recommended requesting federal Medicaid funds in the form of a block grant.
Some 15 months into his governorship, we decided to put this Abbott plan to our Abbott-O-Meter, which tracks the progress of the governor’s campaign promises.
It doesn’t look like he’s made that block grant request. We speculate that’s because Congress has to act for such block grants to be possible.