A bipartisan group of senators is working to protect $15 billion of Medicaid funding from being cut under the Senate's 2006 budget plan. An amendment being proposed by Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., would get rid of a section of the proposed budget that pushes for $15 billion in savings, which would come mostly from Medicaid, and instead create a group that would work with the White House and state leaders on a changes to the health care program that would take effect in fiscal 2007.

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