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Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Federal Government to Implement Work Requirements for Medicaid Recipients

Federal Government to Implement Work Requirements for Medicaid Recipients

An HHS official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official had not been authorized to discuss the developments, said the agency may approve Kentucky's request as early as Friday. It's an insult to those for whom a better opportunity is available and possible.

Bevin said the waiver will be "transformational". The acronym HEALTH stands for "Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health".

Verma, who has said she doesn't think Medicaid should become a way of life for people who are not disabled, said the new guidance shows how the administration is trying to give states more flexibility in running Medicaid.

For the current study, researchers examined data from nationwide surveys of pediatricians done by the American Academy of Pediatrics that assessed how many doctors accepted Medicaid and what proportion of patients were insured by the program.

The Bevin administration says it will reach out to enrollees starting Friday, and the program will kick off in July.

The announcement came in a 10-page memo with detailed directions about how states can reshape the federal-state health program for low-income people. CMS says these conditions will only apply to adults who are not pregnant and who qualify for Medicaid on a basis other than disability. Pregnant women and children will be exempt from that cost sharing.

"We look forward to reviewing the outcomes from Kentucky's thoughtfully-crafted, groundbreaking demonstration, which will undoubtedly aid Medicaid reform efforts across our nation". But they'll only get access to vision and dental coverage if they pay a premium.

Some Democratic-leaning states are not expected to make the change. They also must complete a financial or health literacy course.

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Local lawmakers already made the work requirement a part of state law in anticipation of this change at the federal level. Under the proposal, people would have to average 20 hours a week of work or another qualifying activity - such as volunteering or getting an education - to get Medicaid.

"Should eligible Medicaid recipients be looking for work or be trying to work?"

"Medically-frail" adults and former foster care youth won't be subject to the community engagement requirement and there is no change in benefits. The commonwealth is one of ten states, including IN, that have requested approval from the federal government for such a provision.

As stressed by the administration: "To achieve the objectives of Medicaid, state programs should be created to promote better physical and mental health".

But Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Chairwoman Anitere Flores, R-Miami, said the Senate has not discussed requiring those now enrolled in the program to work.

"Recipients will be able to attest to it themselves", Hunter said at the Kentucky Primary Care Association Conference in Lexington in November.

The state's Medicaid department is already in the process of applying for a waiver to add work requirements, which was part of the budget passed past year.

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He says the plan will save state taxpayers more than $300 million over the next five years. The federal government, meanwhile, would save $121.7 million in that year.

"By approving Governor Bevin's risky and irresponsible Medicaid waiver, the Trump administration has agreed to end health coverage for 95,000 Kentuckians".

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