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Trump Allows States to Implement Work Requirements for Medicaid


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The Donald Trump administration said on Thursday that they will allow states to implement work requirements for Medicaid.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a guidance, making it easier for states to design and propose programs to implement work requirements for Medicaid. States will have to submit waivers to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and receive approval from the federal government to implement the work requirements.

The potential Medicaid work requirements would only apply to able-bodied working age adults; Americans with disabilities, older Americans, children, and pregnant women would not have to comply with potential Medicaid work stipulations.

CMS administrator Seema Verma, who worked with then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to reform the state’s Medicaid program, said, “This gives us a pathway to start approving waivers. This is about helping those individuals rise out of poverty.”


Reform begins at home...

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