Sununu says Medicaid work requirement good news for NH

  • Sununu says Medicaid work requirement good news for NH

Sununu says Medicaid work requirement good news for NH

The new policy guidance sent to states is meant to help them design demonstration projects that promote the objectives of the Medicaid program and are consistent with federal statutory requirements. Almost eight in 10 adult beneficiaries who aren't disabled live in working families; most are working themselves. Another 12 percent were students, homemakers or retirees.

But opponents to tying Medicaid to work argue that good health leads to the ability to hold down a job.

A full summary of the findings is available here. Aligning requirements across these programs may streamline eligibility and reduce the burden on both states and beneficiaries and help beneficiaries succeed in meeting their work and community engagement responsibilities.

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.

Under Kentucky's waiver application, for instance, people on Medicaid would be required to report income changes within 10 days, noted Cara Stewart of the Kentucky Equal Justice Center. "They may have low-wage jobs They may have jobs where their employer doesn't offer health insurance". If you're "able-bodied", the logic goes, you shouldn't be able to access a free health care program if you don't have a job and help pay into the public system that subsidizes such coverage.

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.

"Justifying work requirement that will cut people off #Medicaid by citing #Medicaid initiatives that provide support to people with disabilities so they can work is perverse". "They're trying to be responsive to states". The broadening of Medicaid to low-income adults under Obamacare - roughly 11 million have gained coverage under the health reform law's Medicaid expansion provision - further spurred GOP efforts.

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Many patient advocates note that a small fraction of the people covered by Medicaid are of working age, non-disabled and now unemployed.

"I give CMS some credit for listening to 10 states", she said.

But it's not clear how many people would be affected by the new rules. "Although the details on Maine's waiver request still must be worked out, this decision by CMS is a critical first step".

Many recipients do not work because of illness (36 percent) or family obligations (30 percent), the study found. Jane Hudson, executive director of the organization, said she is concerned about what would constitute a disability. The revised website content signals a new, broader view of these demonstrations in which states can focus on evidence-based approaches that drive better health outcomes, and quality of life improvements, and support upward mobility and self-sufficiency.

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.

CMS said the work and community engagement policy is for working-age, non-pregnant Medicaid beneficiaries who are not eligible for Medicaid on the basis of a disability.