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Capitol Correspondence - 03.26.18

CMS Weighing Medicaid Work Requirements for Non-Expansion States

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According to a snippet from Politico Pro regarding recent statements Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma made to reporters:

“Verma also didn’t rule out allowing a work requirement in states that have not joined Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. Some non-expansion states have sought work requirements for low-income parents and caretakers, who tend to be poorer than the newly eligible adults who obtained coverage under the health law. […]

So far, the only states that have been granted work requirements — Arkansas, Indiana and Kentucky — expanded their Medicaid programs to cover low-income adults, many of them without children. Alabama, Maine, Utah and Wisconsin are among states that haven’t expanded Medicaid and are seeking work requirements.”

As more information emerges about the Administration’s intentions in this regard, ANCOR will keep its members updated.