01/12/2018

Trump's New Guidelines: Get A Job Or Volunteer If You Want Medicaid

Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner

The Trump administration on Thursday said it would allow states to require that Medicaid enrollees hold a job, volunteer, or enroll in classes.

The provisions for people who receive government-funded medical coverage through Medicaid, which were not allowed under the Obama administration, are often dubbed “work requirements" and are being referred to by the administration as "community engagement."

The guidelines would allow states to require that some Medicaid enrollees hold a job, participate in volunteer work, or enroll in classes or work training for a certain number of hours each week. States could choose to include caregiving for a disabled child or elderly adult as meeting the requirement.

"This is in response to proposals we are receiving from states. It is entirely optional for states," Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said in a phone call with reporters Wednesday. "This is in no way a requirement."

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