nypost.com reports: The Trump administration will allow states to require able-bodied adults work to receive Medicaid, a major policy change that could affect millions of low-income Americans.
The federal Center for Medicare &Medicaid Services on Thursday released guidance to states that want Medicaid recipients to work, volunteer or take part in job training.
CMS administrator Seema Verma said the changes were made at the request of states seeking to make the 50-year-old health insurance program more responsive and “help people in achieving greater well-being and self-sufficiency.”
“Medicaid needs to be more flexible so that states can best address the needs of this population,” she said in a statement. “Our fundamental goal is to make a positive and lasting difference in the health and wellness of our beneficiaries.”
President Trump is targrting Obamacare with a new rule that would allow workers to band together to purchase health care insurance.
The Hill reported: Workers would be allowed to band together to buy health insurance under a proposed rule released Thursday by the Department of Labor.
The proposed rule was issued in response to an executive order by President Trump, which would allow associations of workers to purchase cheaper health insurance that's not subject to the same rules as plans under ObamaCare.
By allowing groups of people to purchase plans not subject to ObamaCare's rules for coverage, however, critics say the move could allow insurers to sell plans that do not cover pre-existing conditions or certain "essential health benefits."
The requirement that insurers cover people with pre-existing conditions was a hallmark of the Affordable Care Act, and a provision that is broadly popular.
The Department of Labor cast the new rule as a way to expand access to health coverage, essentially arguing that this would allow more people to afford insurance by allowing the sale of cheaper plans.
"The goal of the rulemaking is to expand access to affordable health coverage, especially among small employers and self-employed individuals, by removing undue restrictions on the establishment and maintenance of association health plans," the proposal said.
Association health plans (AHPs) already exist, but they are limited under federal law.
The proposal would broaden the definition of "employer" under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act law to allow more flexibility to workers with a "commonality of interest."
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BREAKING: Trump Lays Out Post-Obamacare Healthcare Plan!
President Trump has stated that Obamacare will eventually "repeal itself" and force Republicans and Democrats to come together and put a new healthcare plan in place.
Obamacare repeal is probably off the table for 2018, but Republicans will still look for other means to gut the disastrous healthcare law.
After the Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act repealed Obamacare’s individual mandate, many still wonder whether Republicans can repeal Obamacare in 2018.
Here’s what’s next for Obamacare in 2018.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act repealed the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. Obamacare mandated that Americans who forgo health insurance would have to pay $695 or 2.5 percent of their income, whichever is larger. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) found that 80 percent of those who pay the Obamacare mandate fine make less than $50,000 a year, making the mandate’s repeal a huge middle-class tax cut.
Even though Republicans repealed the individual mandate, much of the Affordable Care Act remains intact. Obamacare still requires employers with businesses with more than 50 or more full-time employees still have to provide their full-time employees health insurance, regardless of the cost to the business.
The Affordable Care Act also expanded Medicaid to virtually every American under age 65 with incomes up to 138 percent above the federal poverty level. The federal government funded 100 percent of each states’ Medicaid population from 2014 to 2016. However, the federal government will wind down the federal contribution percentage to 90 percent by 2020 and beyond, adding a significant financial burden to state governments.
The Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act repealed Obamacare’s individual mandate, effective in 2019. On Thanksgiving, President Donald Trump promised to return to Obamacare repeal after passing historic tax reform legislation.
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