Trump Administration Says States May Impose Work Requirements for Medicaid

Trump Administration Says States May Impose Work Requirements for Medicaid

Trump Administration Says States May Impose Work Requirements for Medicaid

CMS said the work and community engagement policy is for working-age, non-pregnant Medicaid beneficiaries who are not eligible for Medicaid on the basis of a disability.

The Kaiser Family Foundation has found hat approximately 40% of non-SSI Medicaid adults are not working, and these individuals are most likely to be affected by this policy. The Obama administration repeatedly rejected states' requests to do so, saying it wasn't consistent with Medicaid's goal to provide access to medical care.

States will now be able to impose work requirements on able-bodied, low-income American adults to receive Medicaid benefits, the Trump administration signaled Thursday.

"It's not like Medicaid is providing some kind of alternative lifestyle that's attractive and keeps people out of the workforce", he said. So are the more than 10 million people on Medicaid because they have a disability. She also asked, "will a person lose their Medicaid benefits if an employer refuses to provide reasonable accommodations even though it is required by law?"

Kentucky Medicaid Commissioner Stephen Miller said Thursday the decision by federal authorities is key to winning final approval for the Bevin's proposal known as Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health, or Kentucky HEALTH.

Of Medicaid enrollees who didn't work in 2016, 36 percent were ill or disabled, 9 percent were retired, 30 percent were caretakers, 15 percent were going to school, 6 percent could not find work and 3 percent were in an other category, according to a December Kaiser Family Foundation report.

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"It is a very major change in Medicaid that for the first time would allow people to be cut off for not meeting a work requirement, regardless of the hardship they may suffer", said Judy Solomon of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which advocates for poor families.

"Medicaid was designed as a health care program, to provide vulnerable members of our society with access to care they badly need", Ende wrote.

The Trump administration said Thursday it is offering a path for states that want to seek work requirements on Medicaid recipients. Today's announcement isn't about work: "it is about taking away health insurance from low-income people".

Indiana's work requirement would be phased in for those enrolled in the Healthy Indiana Program (HIP 2.0), the state's alternative Medicaid program. Later, a work requirement found its way into the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, a revamp of what used to be called food stamps.

"This is something that they've been gunning for for a long time", she said.

While the government is making these suggestions, states are also banned from using federal Medicaid dollars to design job training programs or to help fund addiction treatment programs. Promoting Medicaid work requirements based upon negative racial stereotypes could literally mean the difference between life or death for some individuals who rely on Medicaid for their well-being and economic security.

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IL is reviewing new guidance from the Trump administration that opens the door for states to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients, but there is no indication yet that it will follow the lead of neighboring states that are pursuing plans to tighten their rules.

'Medicaid needs to be more flexible so that states can best address the needs of this population, ' Verma said in a statement. States should ensure that career planning, job training, referral, and volunteering opportunities are considered to meet the community engagement and job requirement, and that people's employability and potential contributions to the labor market should be factors taken into account.

WANT MORE? Download the Tucson News Now app for Apple and Android devices. Most of those who don't work cite illness, disability or family obligations as the reason. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that there are almost 25 million non-elderly adults on Medicaid who are not on disability insurance.

The CMS guidance gives states a great deal of flexibility to define their own exceptions to a work requirement, as well as what counts toward work.

The federal government is expected to approve Kentucky's work requirement proposal Friday and Indiana's sometime this month.

ME also wants to remove "retroactive eligibility" that permits those eligible for Medicaid to get coverage for conditions that occurred up to three months before enrolling in Medicaid.

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