Biden Scraps Trump’s Medicaid Work Requirements
Medicaid enrollees no longer have to prove that they are working or undertaking other activities to maintain their health coverage, the agency that runs the programs announced on Friday.
In 2018, Donald TrumpFederal administration invited states for federal permission Add new burden on some Medicaid Including beneficiaries, work requirements and new out-of-pocket costs. The administration avoided these work requirements, which apply to other programs, such as for states to encourage work among low-income people who depend on the program for their medical care.
In fact, the underlying objective was to reduce the profit roll and Punish low income people For their status. In the Lone State, Arkansas, where the policy was fully implemented, led rapidly. 18,000 people are losing health benefits, Which was more than 20% of Medicaid enrollees subject to work requirements.
in totality, 19 states Requested federal approval to implement work requirements. Four states stopped this policy after a court ruling against it. The Supreme Court petition is to hear oral arguments next month matter Brought by the Trump administration to restore work requirements. Under the terms of a COVID-19 relief bill enacted last year, the states agreed not to implement the work requirements to accept the federal epidemic relief fund.
President Joe Biden’s Administration Friday began the process of exposing Trump’s policy. In a letter to officials in Arkansas, the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) informed the state that CMS would revoke its previous approval of the work requirements.
Friday’s announcement is only the first step in a process, but currently no states are actually enforcing the work requirements due to court orders and the COVID-19 relief package.
“CMS has pre-determined that allowing work and other community engagement requirements to be effective in Arkansas will not promote the objectives of the Medicaid program,” he says. Letter From Elizabeth Richter, Acting Administrator of CMS. Political trickster Previously reported Policy change on Thursday.
Contrary to previous administrations, the situation currently holds that the main purpose of the Medicaid program is to provide health care, not to deprive eligible people of benefits.
The work requirements policy was always a solution in search of a problem. Vast majority People who use Medicaid already work, and most who are due to medical conditions (or not looking for work or volunteer) who work and others of “community engagement” Define the forms. Trump administration, Impractical or even impossible.
The Biden administration cites the epidemic as another reason for ending the work requirements program. “The COVID-19 epidemic has reduced community engagement,” the letter stated.
States that still wish to meet the requirements of the work may choose to take legal action to reverse the new Biden administration policy.
Trump administration was also Hostile to medicaid in other ways.
Two weeks before Trump stepped down, CMS approved Tennessee plan “Convert” your Medicaid programBlock grant, “Which which Will reduce federal funding for the state, with fewer people having access to health coverage. The Biden administration will have to review the plan. In addition, Trump’s White House proposed federal Medicaid spending cuts More than $ 900 billion More than 10 years, and Trump supported a Republican-held House-passed health care bill in 2017 that reduced program funding More than $ 800 billion In a decade.
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