With the demise of Obamacare almost assured, the Trump Administration is now setting its sights on another federally funded healthcare entity “Medicaid.”
The administration has just announced it’s considering allowing states to impose job requirements in order to be eligible for receiving free taxpayer-funded health care, in short, some Medicaid individual might need to “work” in order to access healthcare benefits.
This major policy shift could affect millions of low-income individuals. Although it’s not exactly clear how the new policy might work, what is being purposed by the administration is that it would allow certain states to test the concept of requiring some Medicaid recipients to either participate in some form of community activities, perhaps volunteering or some form of Jobs training program as a precondition for receiving government healthcare insurance.
Moreover, able-bodied individuals could have to “work” to be eligible.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMS) issued guidance making it easier for states to design and propose test programs that implement such requirements.
Seema Verma head of the CMMS sees these new guidelines by the administration as a positive step suggesting that community involvement can make a positive difference in people’s lives and in their health.
Medicaid is a federal-state collaboration covering about one in five individuals or roughly about 70 million people, making it the largest federally funded government insurance program in the country.
The program was expanded under Obama allowing more low-income adults; many with low skilled jobs that don’t provide any healthcare insurance.
However, states can seek federal waivers to test new ideas to better the program within their individual states. Currently, Medicaid doesn’t require able-bodied individuals to hold a job, or any type of community outreach programs that might benefit them in either seeking employment doing some sort of volunteer work within their communities.
As predicted any type of federal incentive in helping individuals to become more self-sufficient will surely face strong political opposition from the left who see this as an attack against the poor.
The administration announced that currently 10-states have applied for waivers regarding the work and or the community involvement program, they are: Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin…almost all conservative states.
Do you believe that able-bodied individuals before receiving any government assistance should be required to work, volunteer or be within some type of work-related or education program?