Kentucky Will Require Medicaid Recipients To Work For Benefits
14 January, 2018, 00:32 | Author: Irene Delgado
Changes to the state'sMedicaid program, a federal healthcare system which provides coverage to low-income citizens, were announced Friday.
The governor said the changes are needed for reasons such as fiscal challenges and Kentuckians' poor health, which includes among the nation's highest rates in smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, heart attacks and cancer.
One Bevin staffer suggested that the state's Medicaid rolls will be reduced by roughly 95,000 within the next five years because of the work requirements. "If you look at our Medicaid population, mostly children, mostly seniors, and single pregnant moms, I don't think that is necessarily something that we would do". Current CMS Administrator Seema Verma designed the Kentucky program when she was a consultant but recused herself from the application.
And people in Medicaid are often dealing with crises - they may move a lot, or change phone numbers, making them hard to track down. That leaves plenty of chances to fall through the cracks of a work requirement.
Don't be fooled by all the bells and whistles in #Medicaid work guidance. History from other programs shows people who are working and those who should be exempt lose benefits. The recipients of the program who are unable to comply with the new regulations, he said, will remain unaffected. As a policy proposal, work requirements may seem nearly tailor-made to make Republicans look cold and heartless. But Governor Bryant took this position during his State of the State address.
States will be required to describe strategies to assist recipients in meeting the requirements and to link them to job training and support resources, including child care and transportation. Rep. Travis Cummings, R-Orange Park, introduced a bill that would have required all Medicaid beneficiaries who are part of the state's "managed medical assistance" program to adhere to the same work requirements that now apply to families who receive temporary cash assistance. In total, Medicaid covers about 1.4 million people in the commonwealth. "Reduce the cost to the state". They claim the program will help beneficiaries "transition" to commercial insurance and better employment opportunities.
Under the Affordable Care Act, informally known as Obamacare, some states, including Kentucky, expanded their Medicaid programs, because the expansions, at least initially, were paid mostly with federal dollars.
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Many Medicaid recipients are already employed.
The state also has proposed moving about 60,000 people off Arkansas Works by limiting eligibility to people with incomes of up to the poverty level, instead of 138 percent of the poverty level.
Bevin also defended the program from criticism that it was essentially punishing lower income people, and insisted that the program will only impact those who are physically able to work.
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The work requirements "could have negative implications on many who are working or exempt from the requirements". But states traditionally can seek federal waivers to test new ideas for the program.
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