Trump administration allows states to make Medicaid recipients work

Trump administration allows states to make Medicaid recipients work

Ten states - Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Utah and Wisconsin, are now seeking work requirements for Medicaid recipients. Critics say the plan violates federal law. Most of those who don't work cite illness, disability or family obligations as the reason. A study in December in JAMA Internal Medicine found that about half of the Medicaid recipients in MI were already working.

"I think we're building a country of some people who have gotten to the point they feel very comfortable living off of the government", Moul said.

The new plan sets the stage for a potentially long and contentious legal battle over the shape and goal of a health program that more than 70 million Americans now depend on.

The new policy guidance sent to states is meant to help them design demonstration projects that promote the objectives of the Medicaid program and are consistent with federal statutory requirements. Kaiser also said a work requirement is popular.

"You need to be healthy in order to be able to work, and so it sort of putting a work requirement before providing somebody healthcare doesn't make a whole lot of sense", said Adam Fox, with the non-partisan Colorado Consumer Health Initiative.

In a statement released this afternoon, Baker's office said it "does not support applying work requirements to the MassHealth program". "They may have low-wage jobs They may have jobs where their employer doesn't offer health insurance". The remaining 27 percent were not working, but two-thirds of them had a chronic mental or physical health condition, and one quarter of them said this condition interfered with their ability to function on a daily basis. The policy responds to numerous state requests to test programs through Medicaid demonstration projects under which work or participation in other community engagement activities - including skills training, education, job search, volunteering or caregiving - would be a condition for Medicaid eligibility for able-bodied, working-age adults.

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"This new attack on Medicaid has nothing to do with program integrity, and everything to do with the recently revealed step-by-step Trump administration plot to wage war on our health care".

"This is about helping people rise out of poverty", Verma said in press conference, according to NPR. "While high-quality health care is important for an individual's health and well-being, there are many other determinants of health".

Certain Medicaid recipients would be exempt from the rules, including those with disabilities, the elderly, children and pregnant women, the administration said.

Cuello said the argument that work promotes health is "totally contorted". "A study examining Michigan's Medicaid expansion found that almost seven in 10 enrollees who were working said they performed better at work once they got Medicaid coverage". States should take these issues - as well as recipients' employability - into consideration and allow for modifications or exemptions, the agency said.

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

The Trump administration is paving the way for one of the biggest policy changes to USA health care in decades. In the end, that state included in its Medicaid expansion only an encouragement of voluntary efforts by beneficiaries to train for work or find jobs.

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