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

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 the states but are generally tied to work requirements.  Utah and Arizona, for example, seek a maximum of five years eligibility, and in Arizona, that…

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Trump Administration Approves Medicaid Work Requirements for Indiana

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 so.  The administration classified them as “community engagement.” States would have to apply for a waiver from the federal government before instituting any programs and…

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Is this the Right Time for Work Requirements?

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 way to move individuals out of dependency.  States that have implemented work requirements in other welfare programs have reportedly seen able-bodied adults leave welfare in…

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