Kentucky Gets OK To Require Work From Medicaid Recipients

The state will also require people who gain coverage through the Medicaid expansion to pay monthly premiums, based on income levels.

He called Kentucky's plan long overdue and said it would be "transformational in all the right ways" by pushing "able-bodied working-age" adults to seek out employment. But critics of the historic shift argue that the issue is far more complicated, and that if states do adopt the work requirements, millions of needy people's Medicaid coverage will be disrupted. Within the first year of reinstating work requirements, more than half of those leaving food stamps found employment.

The Trump administration has swiftly followed through on its promise Thursday to grant approval for states to impose work requirements on their Medicaid programs, giving Kentucky a green light Friday afternoon.

Yet states considering whether to enact the controversial strategy face major hurdles.

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

"The truth is, people are going to lose Medicaid coverage", he said.

States will be required to describe strategies to assist recipients in meeting the requirements and to link them to job training and support resources, including child care and transportation.

Verma said the agency wants to give states as much latitude as possible to try out their own ideas.

The opened the doors Thursday for states to for people who get Medicaid, a move that is likely to be a catastrophe for some of the most vulnerable Americans, particularly those struggling with opioid addiction. "We look forward to reviewing the outcomes from Kentucky's thoughtfully-crafted, groundbreaking demonstration, which will undoubtedly aid Medicaid reform efforts across our nation".

HEALTH will show America how an overhaul of Medicaid can work, Bevin said. According to the government's proposition, Medicaid benefits for people who do not exhibit that they have completed their work or have young children will be cut off. Congressional Democrats continued to react to the Medicaid policy change Friday. Also off the hook are the more than 10 million enrollees who have a disability.

But many conservatives believe able-bodied adults should not be permitted to benefit from the coverage without either working, training or actively seeking a job. Considering these data, it appears that states will have to deal with the administrative burden and cost of tracking adults' working status unnecessarily.

Meanwhile, Arizona and ME both requested five-year time limits on how long people could stay on Medicaid, and Wisconsin wants to drug test applicants. There would be exceptions for primary caregivers, medically frail individuals, pregnant women and former foster care youth.

Before coming to Washington a year ago, Verma was a health consultant who worked with IN and Kentucky to expand Medicaid under the ACA.

Children and non-disabled adults make up most of the enrollees, most spending is on the elderly and people with disabilities.

Changes to the state's Medicaid program, a federal healthcare system which provides coverage to low-income citizens, were announced Friday. The program is known as Medicaid.

The Obama administration didn't reject every request for change.

It's a "large and sharp reversal" from Medicaid in the past, says Judith Solomon, vice president of health policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

HARPER: Thomas says the details of the work requirement have yet to be ironed out. They will need to "see all of details from states", he said.

Vanessa Coleman

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