nbcnews.com reports: WASHINGTON — Just one day after inviting states to add new work requirements to Medicaid, the Trump administration approved Kentucky's request for a waiver to do just that, the state's governor, a Republican, announced on Friday.
The move sets up Kentucky as the first test case for the drastic shift in federal policy, which health policy experts say will most likely face lawsuits before it can be fully entrenched. Previous administrations had rejected attempts by states to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients, saying they went against the law's intent.
"It will be a model for the nation," Gov. Matt Bevin said at a news conference announcing the changes.
BREAKING: Look What Kentucky Just Did to Medicaid! This Changes Everything
Kentucky has just become the first state to implement a work requirement for Medicaid benefits.
Reuters.com reported: Reuters) - Kentucky on Friday became the first U.S. state to receive approval from the federal government to implement work requirements in Medicaid, a fundamental change to the 50-year-old government health insurance program for the poor.
The approval came one day after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued policy guidance allowing states to design and propose test programs that require work or jobs training as a condition of receiving Medicaid, which has never had such conditions attached.
Kentucky's waiver, which was submitted for federal approval in 2016, requires able-bodied adult recipients to participate in at least 80 hours per month of "employment activities," which include jobs training, education and community service.
It also requires most recipients to pay a premium based on income and locks out some people who miss a payment or fail to re-enroll for six months.
Democrats and health advocacy groups blasted the CMS policy on Thursday and said it would make it more difficult for the most vulnerable Americans to have access to healthcare services. The Southern Poverty Law Center liberal advocacy group said it plans to file a legal challenge against the administration.
Kentucky, along with 30 other states, expanded Medicaid to those making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level under the Affordable Care Act, former Democratic President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement commonly called Obamacare.
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Trump Hands Over Medicaid Control to the States!
President Trump gave states a little bit more control of their Medicaid programs.
States will now be allowed to require able-bodied adults to work to receive Medicaid.
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.”
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