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By doing so, CMS aims to show that it is taking the concerns of the court into consideration.
Some California children with serious health care problems wait more than a year for wheelchairs, bath benches, commodes, specialized crutches and other crucial medical equipment. Critics blame the delays on a confusing bureaucratic maze of private insurers and public programs.
CMS Administrator Seema Verma says the agency is working on ways to move forward while still respecting the court’s decision to block Kentucky’s work requirements. Meanwhile, in November, Idaho voters will get to weigh in on Medicaid expansion.
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Critics worry that there are people within that group who are working but haven’t been able to report it due to lack of internet access. Medicaid news also comes out of Maine, Oklahoma, Connecticut and Florida.
Republicans’ overwhelming majorities in the state legislature make pursuing a policy that could benefit 660,000 uninsured adults a “long shot,” political analysts say.
The proposal comes just weeks after a federal judge struck down Kentucky’s push to impose such standards on its Medicaid enrollees.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine said he wanted to include a reasonable work requirement for the program, as well as wellness incentives, but that he favors maintaining the expansion. Medicaid news comes out of Texas, Kansas and California as well.
Medicaid has struggled for years with poor oversight and billions lost to improper payments. A new report finds that despite their fraud-fighting rhetoric, Medicaid managed-care companies are not as rigorous as they should be in ensuring the integrity of the Medicaid payment system.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) had announced that, in response to a judge’s ruling on the state’s request to add work requirements to its Medicaid program, he was canceling dental and vision coverage for almost 500,000 enrollees. Medicaid news also comes out of Arkansas and Kansas.
The bill provided state funding that would be supplemented by more than $500 million in federal funds to expand Medicaid to between 70,000 and 80,000 more Mainers.
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Advocates have been working in several states on the new strategy of taking expansion right to the voters with ballot initiatives. News on Medicaid comes out of Kentucky, Connecticut and Iowa, as well.
But advocates in Mississippi remain alarmed about the work proposal as the revamped policy could still lead to loss of coverage. More on Medicaid comes out of Kentucky and Nebraska.
In a state that leans Republican, Democrats hope to use the latest efforts to add restrictions to Kentucky’s Medicaid program as a rallying point for their congressional candidate, Amy McGrath, who is running against U.S. Rep. Andy Barr. Meanwhile, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer says he’ll still pursue work requirements even after Kentucky’s waiver was blocked by a judge.
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s office said the Medicaid work requirement changes had offered “a sustainable path” to provide the dental and vision benefits, but said the judge’s move to block them means there’s “no longer a viable method” to provide the services. Some experts say, though, that the announcement is misleading and people will continue receiving their benefits.
It’s not yet clear what impact the decision on Kentucky’s mandate will have on other state programs.
Hospital closures, especially, have plagued the state. Experts discuss why Tennessee hasn’t taken advantage of federal help to expand its Medicaid program. News come out of Maine, Iowa and Missouri as well.
The case has been closely watched because many states are eager to follow in Kentucky’s footsteps and add restrictions to their Medicaid program now that the government has shown it’s receptive to requests. The decision — which accuses the Trump administration of never adequately considering “whether Kentucky HEALTH would in fact help the state furnish medical assistance to its citizens, a central objective of Medicaid” — was described as “scathing” by health policy experts.