Capitol Correspondence - 02.12.18

HHS Weighing Lifetime Caps on Medicaid

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According to the McClatchy DC Bureau:

“After allowing states to impose work requirements for Medicaid enrollees, the Trump administration is now pondering lifetime limits on adults’ access to coverage.

Capping health care benefits — like federal welfare benefits — would be a first for Medicaid, the joint state-and-federal health plan for low-income and disabled Americans.

If approved, the dramatic policy change would recast government-subsidized health coverage as temporary assistance by placing a limit on the number of months adults have access to Medicaid benefits. […]

But the proposals appear to reflect the administration’s position that Medicaid coverage should be retained for vulnerable populations like children, pregnant women and those with disabilities. The administration has been open, however, to coverage limits for healthy adults, particularly those with no dependent children who gained coverage under Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.” Read the full article here.

ANCOR is currently verifying whether this proposal would affect people with disabilities, and will let members know once its research is complete.