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Trump Administration Will Approve Work Requirements in Medicaid

The Trump administration is considering to allow states to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients. Before National Association of Medicaid Directors, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma stated that Trump is backing all the measures which help recipients “move up, move on, and move out” of the program.

“Believing that community engagement requirements do not support or promote the objectives of Medicaid is a tragic example of the soft bigotry of low expectations consistently espoused by the prior administration,” Verma stated.

“Those days are over.”

She “defined community engagement as working, volunteering, going to school or obtaining job training.”

“Let me be clear to everyone in this room — we will approve proposals that promote community engagement activities,” she said.

“Every American deserves the dignity and respect of high expectations, and as public officials we should deliver programs that instill hope and say to each beneficiary that we believe in your potential.”

These remarks infuriated the liberals almost immediately.

“Not only will work requirements impede access to health care coverage for individuals who aren’t able to work, but they will also create difficult administrative hurdles for the vast majority of individuals on Medicaid who are already working,” said Catherine McKee, a senior attorney with the National Health Law Program.

According to the rules right now the induvial states can get waivers to Medicaid policies only if they prove that the goal is to extend greater coverage to the poor, McKee said.

“Work requirements do not meet these standards,” McKee said.

First, this will only apply to able-bodied people without kids who can work but opt not to.

Second, the waiver programs are going to be administered under the section of the Social Security Act — known as “Section 1115,” which allows the states to experiment with demonstration projects in order to improve or get federal help.

For example, Kentucky believes it could save up to $2.4 billion over 5 years if able-bodied people without kids could get proper job training for five hours per week.

Other five states, Indiana, Arkansas, Utah, Maine, and Wisconsin also have waivers programs which require for those people to participate or work in some community engagement.

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