New Immigrants Better Educated but Not Better Employed

A new study by the right-leaning Center for Immigration Studies found that the education levels for new immigrants has increased dramatically in the last decade, but employment and income have not kept pace by nearly as much. The study found that the share of new immigrants with a college degree has increased from 34% to […]

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Amazon Announces Discounted Prime Benefits Membership for Medicaid Recipients

Online retail giant Amazon.com has announced that it will begin offering membership in its Prime shopping club at about a 50% discount to lower income Americans yesterday.  The company announced it will offer Prime membership to Medicaid recipients at $5.99 per month.  Regular price for the benefits program is $12.99 per month. Amazon Prime members […]

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Kentucky Republican Governor Matt Bevin Countersues, Says It’s State’s Right to Institute Medicaid Work Requirements

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is countersuing a lawsuit challenging his authority to institute work requirements for the State’s Medicaid recipients. The Trump administration announced earlier this year that it would allow states to require able-bodied Medicaid recipients to work, volunteer or enroll in classes or work training, for at least twenty hours a week in […]

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Five States Apply for Waivers from Trump Administration to Apply Lifetime Caps on Medicaid Benefits

Five states have applied for waivers from the Trump administration to put a lifetime cap on the Medicaid benefits individuals can receive.  Maine, Arizona, Utah, Wisconsin and Kansas have asked the Department of Health and Human Services, HHS, to place a limit on how long Medicaid beneficiaries can receive health benefits. The proposals vary among […]

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Trump Administration Approves Medicaid Work Requirements for Indiana

The Trump administration has approved a request by the state of Indiana to require able-bodied Medicaid recipients to either work or volunteer at least twenty hours a week in order to receive benefits, it was announced yesterday. The Trump administration recently announced that they would permit states that wanted to institute work requirements to do […]

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Is this the Right Time for Work Requirements?

The Trump administration has recently allowed states to require able-bodied Medicaid recipients to work if they are receiving benefits.  The guidelines allow states to require Medicaid enrollees to work, volunteer or enroll in classes or work training.  The administration is classifying them as “community engagement.” Some studies have shown that work requirements are an effective […]

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Trump Administration Announces New Work Requirements for Medicaid, Calls Them “Community Engagement”

The Trump administration announced this morning that it will allow states to require that able-bodied Medicaid enrollees work, volunteer or enroll in classes to receive benefits.  The administration characterized it as a states issue rather than a directive from the federal government, though.  “This is in response to proposals we are receiving from states.  It […]

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