Medicaid Okay with Work Requirement
Medicaid will be much more willing to grant states the authority to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients, according to recent statements by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma. Saying it was time to “turn the page in the Medicaid program,” she outlined several new policies designed to encourage greater state innovation in delivering care to Medicaid beneficiaries. CMS will:
- Give states more flexibility in creating demonstration projects that impose work requirements on working-age, able-bodied beneficiaries
- Streamline the review of state requests for Medicaid demonstration programs and reduce certain reporting requirements
- Track and publish state and federal Medicaid outcomes
According to the health industry publication, Modern Healthcare, New Hampshire recently submitted a request to institute work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries, and other states—Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Utah, and Wisconsin—are awaiting CMS approval of similar requests.