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President Donald Trump allows U.S. states work rules for Medicaid enrollees

President Donald Trump allows U.S. states work rules for Medicaid enrollees

The program, funded jointly by the federal government and states, provides health coverage to low-income families and individuals, including children, parents, pregnant women, seniors, and people with disabilities.

Calling the new policy "unconscionable and illegal", Eliot Fishman, senior health policy director at the liberal consumer health lobby Families USA, said in a statement: "Today's announcement isn't about work".

Until now, people have not been required to have a job in order to be eligible for Medicaid help.

"This is about helping people rise out of poverty", Verma said in a conference with reporters, according to NPR.

"For the future of our country, we need all Americans to be active participants in their communities", she said in November. "It's making people healthier that enables them to work", he said.

"Medicaid needs to be more flexible so that states can best address the needs of this population".

Medicaid largely covers the poor and disabled and about 1 in 5 Americans are covered by the program.

It's unclear which states will be the first to pursue a first-of-its-kind Medicaid work requirement waiver.

A survey Kaiser conducted previous year said those who weren't working said it was because of an illness or disability, home or family responsibilities, pursuit of an education, retirement or inability to find a job.

"I give CMS some credit for listening to 10 states", she said.

People with substance abuse disorders such as opioid addiction. Nine other states also have filed requests for waivers. "History from other programs shows people who are working and those who should be exempt lose benefits".

The new policy is a response to numerous state test programs through Medicaid projects in which recipients participated in community engagement activities, including skills training, education, job search, volunteering and care giving. "There is a real risk of eligible people losing coverage due to their inability to navigate this process or miscommunication or other breakdowns in the administrative process", Musumeci said.

For instance, the guidance notes that some Medicaid recipients may have trouble meeting these requirements because of poor health, substance abuse or high unemployment in their areas. For low-wage workers, such as waitresses with fluctuating wages, "it boggles my mind", Stewart said.

Under former president Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, 31 states expanded Medicaid coverage. She was an architect of Kentucky's waiver application once a Democratic governor who had eagerly embraced the ACA was succeeded by Matt Bevin, a Republican who campaigned on a pledge to reverse the program expansion there.

LePage said work requirements under a different public assistance program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, have benefited Mainers, and he believes Medicaid would see similar results.

"This policy move does not include a single penny to job training, does not add a penny to job placement, does not add a penny to job creation", Berg remarked. IN rewrote its waiver request last summer, this time asking for federal permission to compel work activities. The revised website content signals a new, broader view of these demonstrations in which states can focus on evidence-based approaches that drive better health outcomes, and quality of life improvements, and support upward mobility and self-sufficiency.


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