MS may impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries

MS may impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries

Because of the added administrative costs, the waivers that states have filed to create work requirements generally, even as they reduce the number of people in the program.

"It will actually help this population reap the rewards of a good job, and one day receive health care coverage from their employer, not the state or federal government", Bryant said.

Local lawmakers already made the work requirement a part of state law in anticipation of this change at the federal level. "We're working now both internally with the legislature as well as with the federal government to see what flexibilities we can gain to design the best plan, a New Hampshire-based plan, for New Hampshire citizens".

Nine other states have similar waiver requests sitting before Trump's Department of Health and Human Services, and more approvals are expected in the coming weeks.

Kentucky is the first state to require Medicaid recipients to work or get job training in order to qualify for aid. If they don't comply, they could qualify for coverage for only three months in every three-year period.

In contrast with those of other advanced industrial democracies, especially in Europe, the USA system of social insurance and income support distributes benefits based not only on membership in society, but also on work effort, past and present. They wouldn't regain it until they've paid all of their missed premiums.

In addition to the work requirement, some of Kentucky's Medicaid beneficiaries will have to begin paying premiums for their coverage and will have to meet certain milestones to earn dental and vision care.

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

JAKE HARPER, BYLINE: Indiana submitted plans for a work requirement previous year, and the approval letter could come any day now. While the administration tried to argue the policy prompted more of them to work and caused their wages to grow, employment records show only 34 percent were working a year after losing food stamps, up from 28 percent a year before. It is not, however, clear the amount of income that can transform a person's health being. Ten states -including IN and Kentucky - have submitted proposals to add a so-called work requirement to their Medicaid plans.

And then there's this whole population of people who are able-bodied in the context of Medicaid, meaning they get Medicaid benefits for a reason other than disability, but they might be considered disabled by the Americans With Disabilities Act. That includes getting a job, going to school, taking a job training course and community service. That's not too different from the nation's overall workforce participation rate of 62.7 percent. He says that by working, Medicaid beneficiaries will improve their autonomy.

"And, ironically", she added, "as people lose their Medicaid coverage, it will become even more hard for them to get and hold jobs". Long-term welfare tends to trap people in poverty, and policies like work requirements free welfare recipients from the trap.

Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, said in a statement that the move "is just one more in a string of shameful, relentless attacks on Medicaid-and all those who rely on it-by an administration and congressional leaders who are deeply hostile to those in need".

The Trump administration, to its credit, seems to understand this.

Although each state could design these requirements differently - and some states might not add them at all - this new approach marks the first time Medicaid would require proof of work in exchange for health coverage.