CMS pressed to give more time for comment on Medicaid-work changes


States will therefore be required to describe strategies to assist eligible individuals in meeting work and community engagement requirements and to link individuals to additional resources for job training, provided they do not use federal Medicaid funding to finance these services. "This guidance is a critical step to moving the Kentucky HEALTH program forward".

-Allowing people under treatment for substance abuse to have their care counted as "community engagement" for purposes of meeting a requirement. The guidance also includes caregiving as one of the activities.

More than 1.2 million non-disabled working-age adults receive Medicaid in IL, and most do work.

CMS Administrator Seema Verma said on Twitter that the new efforts will "improve Medicaid enrollee health outcomes by incentivizing community engagement". Certainly, that may be the case for some recipients, but for others who truly are down on their luck, the program provides a much-needed relief. The state predicts that a full 15 percent of its Medicaid beneficiaries will lose their coverage within five years of the waiver's implementation. Pregnant women will also be exempt.

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. The office plans to take a close look at how s waiver could align with the new federal guidelines.

Work requirements have been used in other government welfare programs such as with the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. The federal-state collaboration has become the nation's largest health insurance program. "We need to work together to find ways to improve the program, instead of restrict it, so that it better provides health care coverage to those who need it".

Verma, and proponents of the requirements view it differently. "This is about helping those individuals rise out of poverty". "The cost of implementing work verification, education verification is actually, end costing more than you save by implementing it".

Ten states - Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin - requested the ability to put the work requirements in place, according to the CMS statement.

Governor Paul LePage also hailed the decision.

Moul's bill a year ago that would have instituted work requirements for Medicaid recipients was vetoed by Governor Tom Wolf. Now, she is in a position to approve them.

Neale, the federal Medicaid official, acknowledged that the support for work requirements was "a shift from prior agency policy", but he said that such requirements could "promote the objectives of Medicaid". "Those days are over". A study in December in JAMA Internal Medicine found that about half of the Medicaid recipients in MI were already working.

A study from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation found almost 60% of working-age adults on Medicaid work either full time or part time, mostly for employers that don't offer health insurance. Most of those who don't work cite illness, disability or family obligations as the reason. The work requirement will deny care to untold numbers of Americans. States will be required to offer reasonable modifications to individuals with disabilities, and will be required to exempt individuals determined to be medically frail or who have an acute condition that a medical professional has determined will prevent them from complying with the requirements.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, told The News Service of Florida on Wednesday that the state's $26 billion Medicaid program is comprised mostly of children and seniors and that work requirements are more geared toward able-bodied adults who qualify for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare.