Gov. Bevin addresses Kentucky Medicaid waiver approval

Gov. Bevin addresses Kentucky Medicaid waiver approval

Gov. Bevin addresses Kentucky Medicaid waiver approval

President Donald Trump listens to Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service, during a healthcare panel in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on March 22, 2017. People working 120 hours a month are also exempt.

At the announcement of approval of the waiver, Gov. Bevin said Kentucky's waiver will help "lead the nation in constructive changes to Medicaid". Under the waiver, Kentucky Medicaid recipients will have to submit documentation proving that they comply with the Medicaid work rules. One of those states was Arkansas.

So what could this new guidance from the Trump administration mean for the 72.5 million Americans receiving Medicaid benefits and the millions more who will need it in the future?

In a speech to state Medicaid officials in November, Verma indicated that the Trump administration would be receptive to adding work requirements and considering other conservative policy ideas to reshape Medicaid. This is contrary to the statutory goal of Medicaid to promote access to affordable health care.

Advocates say the changes will cause up to 95,000 Kentuckians to lose Medicaid health coverage, according to the administration's own calculations. "Those days are over". Several other states are considering such work requirements. The federal government, however, leaves the qualifying characteristics up to states. Bevin said he expects it to be fully up and running by fall, however.

The Department of Healthcare and Family Services, which runs Medicaid in IL, says it is looking at the rule change implications in the state. The work requirements will likely be challenged in court. "They also are a very bad policy for making sure people get health care".

Pan, a Democrat, said the proposal would create more bureaucracy and "feeds into a fiction" that Medicaid enrollees don't work - or don't want to work.

Why can't the US provide both a cost-effective safety net for health care and opportunities for people to find meaningful work?

More than 285,000 Arkansans were enrolled in the Medicaid program as of January 1.

The state will still have to apply for a waiver and undergo the full federal review process, but CMS will now support state efforts to "test incentives that make participation in work or other community engagement a requirement for continued Medicaid edibility", according to the January 11 letter.

The approval comes 16 months after Bevin, a Republican elected in 2015, announced sweeping changes to the $10 billion federal-state program that provides health care for 1.4 million low-income and disabled Kentuckians, arguing it is "not sustainable".

But Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Chairwoman Anitere Flores, R-Miami, said the Senate has not discussed requiring those now enrolled in the program to work. "For example, higher earnings are positively correlated with longer life span".

"This program will put Kentucky on the national forefront of blending workforce and health programs that will ultimately put citizens in need on a path to better health and financial stability", said Sec. In recent years, many states have expanded Medicaid coverage to include more of the nonelderly population, including the working poor and adults with disabilities. They could also work as volunteers at food pantries and other charitable organizations. The activities include jobs training, community service or education.

Almost 20 percent of the population received Medicaid benefits in 2015, according to the USA census.

Medicaid has played a big role in combating the opioid epidemic, paying for a wide range of treatments and medications.

The Obama administration opposed state efforts to implement work requirements in Medicaid because it could result in fewer people having access to health insurance. Just a day later, Kentucky took them up on that offer.

Beneficiaries who are medically frail, have an acute medical condition, as well as the elderly, pregnant women and those who are the "primary caregiver" for a child will be exempt from the requirements.

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