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Trump's gift to GOP governors: States can now impose Medicaid work requirements

Trump's gift to GOP governors: States can now impose Medicaid work requirements

ME had filed a request with the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last spring to receive a waiver that would allow the state to set requirements for work, volunteering or other approved activities as a condition of receiving Medicaid. "Federal Medicaid laws do not permit work requirements".

According to a Kaiser foundation analysis in August, "Health coverage through Medicaid is an important precursor to and support for work". Those who have a job, are in school or care for young children will need to document to their state's Medicaid agency that they are in compliance - or risk losing their benefits.

Lynne said Colorado has no plans for a work requirement, which would require new legislation and years of implementation, as well as potentially be a burden for employers. The decision may mean some changes for the Ohio's Medicaid program. Kaiser also said a work requirement is popular.

Lead author Renuka Tipirneni, M.D., M.Sc., a U-M assistant professor of internal medicine, is available to discuss the results and how they might inform the national and state-level discussion about requirements such as those laid out by CMS.

Verma also had a major role in designing an unorthodox approach to Medicaid in IN, which had asked the Obama administration to approve a work requirement. She quoted from a speech President Lyndon Johnson gave a half-century ago, when he said that Medicaid's aim " is not only to relieve the symptoms of poverty but cure it".

"Republicans want to ignore the truth in order to push their partisan health care agenda, but the majority of adults covered by Medicaid who can work, do work - often two or three jobs in fields like the service industry that are less likely to offer insurance", Woodhouse said in a statement. To get around this, the 10-page letter argues that working promotes good health and repeatedly asserts that the change fits within the program's objectives.

Medicaid is a government program for people of all ages whose income and resources are insufficient to pay for health care.

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Ricker Hamilton, Maine's health and human services commissioner and a LePage appointee, concurred, contending that the Trump administration's move would give states needed "flexibility". It has also helped people work: Studies of Medicaid expansion in OH and MI found that the majority of beneficiaries said that getting health coverage helped them look for work or remain employed.

Almost 20 percent of the population received Medicaid benefits in 2015, according to the United States census.

The federal government reimburses a portion of the money spent by states to provide Medicaid coverage for those who are eligible.

Although the announcement says states must protect people who can't meet a work requirement because of illness or disability, don't hold your breath.

Democrats and health advocacy groups blasted the policy and said it would make it more hard for the most vulnerable Americans to have access to healthcare services.

States wouldn't be able to request work requirements for disabled people and children under the new guidance; however, a number of nonpartisan health care think tanks point out that many Americans who rely on Medicaid can not work because they are the primary care providers for much sicker family members or live with other socioeconomic realities that make finding work more hard.


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