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12 January 2018, 03:23 | Kara Nash
Trump Clears Path for States to Require Employment for Medicaid
While supporters of work requirements say they could encourage more people to get off Medicaid and promote personal responsibility, opponents say such policies would take coverage away from those who need it most - and add to administrative burden and complexity.
In order to implement any new policy based on the guidance, states would have to propose the changes through waivers and wait until they are granted federal approval.
The major policy shift seeks to overhaul the long-standing social contract between state and federal governments and poor citizens who rely on their services.
"Our policy guidance was in response to states that asked us for the flexibility they need to improve their programs and to help people in achieving greater well-being and self-sufficiency", said Verma.
It was expanded under President Barack Obama, with an option that has allowed states to cover millions more low-income adults; many have jobs that don't provide health insurance.
"Our arrangement direction was because of states that approached us for the adaptability they have to enhance their projects and to help individuals in accomplishing more noteworthy prosperity and independence", Verma said in an announcement.
Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, speaks during a news conference in Newark, N.J. The Trump administration says it's offering a path for states that want to seek work requirements for Medicaid recipients.
"This action by the Trump administration goes after people who are just trying to get by", Democratic U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of OR said. It laid out the basics for work requirements that would be attached to a proposal called "Carolina Cares", a bill with some Republican backing that contemplates a modified version of Medicaid expansion.
She quoted from a speech President Lyndon Johnson gave a half-century ago, when he said that Medicaid's aim " is not only to relieve the symptoms of poverty but cure it".
The federal government reimburses a portion of the money spent by states to provide Medicaid coverage for those who are eligible.
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The new policy requires states to fully comply with federal disability and civil rights laws while ensuring that individuals with disabilities are not denied coverage.
CMS said in a news discharge that abilities preparing or training may have the capacity to fulfill the work prerequisites.
The historic move would be a significant change in how the government health insurance program operates and would fulfill a longtime Republican goal.
But Trump administration officials said states would only be allowed to impose the requirements on able-bodied and working-age Americans.
States will likewise be required to portray systems to enable Medicaid beneficiaries to look for some kind of employment, for example, work preparing.
Republicans argue that Medicaid was created to serve the most vulnerable and has become bloated under Obamacare.
Verma also had a major role in designing an unorthodox approach to Medicaid in IN, which had asked the Obama administration to approve a work requirement.
'People who participate in activities that increase their education and training are more likely to find sustainable employment, have higher earnings, a better quality of life, and, studies have shown, improved health outcomes, ' Verma said.
Contrary to the right-wing trope that recipients of Medicaid are unemployed moochers, a Kaiser Family Foundation study published last month found that 80 percent of adult Medicaid recipients "live in working families, and a majority are working themselves".
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