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Trump Administration Clears Way To Require Work For Some Medicaid Enrollees

Trump Administration Clears Way To Require Work For Some Medicaid Enrollees

The study also suggests that any reduction in payments associated with proposed cuts to the Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which operates in tandem with Medicaid in most states, could mean less access to care, said Brendan Saloner, a researcher at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. California health care leaders dismissed the idea of imposing a work requirement on the state's Medicaid enrollees, saying it would never come to pass.

"Medicaid needs to be more flexible so that states can best address the needs of this population", Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), said in a press release.

On Friday, Kentucky became the first state with federal approval to implement a so-called work requirement for Medicaid recipients.

Steve Wagner with the Universal Health Care Action Network says there are many reasons why Medicaid beneficiaries may be unemployed, but being unmotivated is not at the top of the list. The result will be a transformational improvement in the overall health of our people and will provide a model for other states to follow. In addition, Kentucky HEALTH will ensure availability of Medicaid resources to our most vulnerable citizens by saving an initial estimated $2 billion dollars (federal and state) over the waiver demonstration period, allowing these funds to be focused on those most in need and other critical areas. The office plans to take a close look at how their waiver can align with the new federal guidelines. And a third of those who don't have jobs say it's because they are ill or disabled.

Still, critics fear a work requirement could have a chilling effect on people signing up for Medicaid or make it harder for people to get coverage. He said his group is concerned work requirements could affect how the health plans operate.

CMS has already received project proposals from 10 states that include employment and community engagement initiatives - Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin. For those in low-wage sectors such as food service, retail or child care, the chances are high that their jobs don't offer health insurance.

"Recipients will be able to attest to it themselves", Hunter said at the Kentucky Primary Care Association Conference in Lexington in November.

The work requirement is one of the biggest changes in the history of Medicaid, which covers more than 74 million people, or about 1 in 5 Americans.

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An estimated 36 percent to 48 percent of US children are insured by Medicaid, and kids make up 53 percent of Medicaid enrollees.

"The majority of folks that receive Medicaid are working today". "We don't have childless able-bodied working age adults in our system, so I don't know how that would transpose to us".

This story was produced by Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Requirements could involve forcing recipients to prove they are actively seeking work, volunteer their time to community service if they cannot find work, or undergo job training programs.

And, since the expansion of Medicaid under the, its benefits have been a key component in addressing the rise of substance abuse.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a work-search requirement passed previous year by the Republican-controlled state Legislature.

Elizabeth Lower-Basch is the director of the income and work supports at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP).


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