Trump administration to let states adopt Medicaid work requirements

The Trump administration's move allows states to deny medicaid if an able-bodied adult doesn't have a job

President Donald Trump is making it possible for conservative states to apply work requirements to Medicaid recipients.

States wouldn't be able to request work requirements for disabled people and children under the new guidance; however, a number of nonpartisan health care think tanks point out that many Americans who rely on Medicaid can not work because they are the primary care providers for much sicker family members or live with other socioeconomic realities that make finding work more hard.

It is unclear how many Medicaid recipients who are actively seeking work may lose their insurance in the process if their state should choose to enact the new guidelines.

UPDATED at 11:29 ET: The Trump administration is encouraging states to require "able-bodied" Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer in order to keep their health insurance coverage.

But it's not clear how many people would be affected by the new rules.

A study by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation found that nearly 60% of working-age Medicaid recipients are already employed full time or part time.

The idea of conditioning government benefits on "work activities" was cemented into welfare more than two decades ago, when a system of unlimited cash assistance was replaced by the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families with its work requirements and time limits. "Each state is different", the letter says, and such activities "include, but are not limited to, community service, caregiving, education, job training, and substance use disorder treatment".

Critics argue that the move is aimed at cutting the number of people receiving government-funded Medicaid. Most who are not report reasons such as illness, caring for a family member or attending college.

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In a CMS call with reporters Thursday morning, Verma countered, "This policy is about helping people achieve the American Dream".

Medicaid doesn't now require recipients to have a job.

"It's not like Medicaid is providing some kind of alternative lifestyle that's attractive and keeps people out of the workforce", he said. The guidance cites research that it says demonstrates people who work tend to have higher incomes associated with longer life spans, while those who are unemployed are more prone to depression, "poorer general health", and even death. The ACA allowed states to expand eligibility to low-income adults without children, with the federal government covering most of the cost.

Medicaid is the nation's largest public insurance program, providing health benefits to almost 74 million Americans, chiefly low-income adults.

The Obama administration opposed state efforts to implement work requirements in Medicaid because it could result in fewer people having health insurance. "Medicaid is a health program that is supposed to serve people who don't otherwise have coverage". "It's more that people [with Medicaid] get care, which helps them be healthy and makes them able to work".

"It is a very major change in Medicaid that for the first time would allow people to be cut off for not meeting a work requirement, regardless of the hardship they may suffer", said Judy Solomon of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which advocates for the poor.

Democrats and health advocacy groups blasted the policy and said it would make it more hard for the most vulnerable Americans to have access to healthcare services.

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