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Medicaid Beneficiaries Won’t Report Hours If They Don’t Know The Requirements Exist

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Thousands of people were dropped from Arkansas’ Medicaid rolls after failing to report new required work hours, but advocates say that’s because people don’t realize they have to. The federal government invested millions into getting the word out about the health law, and still it took years for people to understand what it was. States have far fewer resources and time.

Advocates Ask Trump Administration To Ignore Maine Governor’s Resistance And Approve State’s Medicaid Expansion

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Due to a court order, Gov. Paul LePage requested approval last month to expand Medicaid in Maine. But the governor also wrote a letter to the administration urging officials to reject his application. Meanwhile, support for a program that helps people with disabilities move out of nursing homes gains support. Medicaid news comes out of Iowa, as well.

Former Tennessee Governor Touts Deep Medicaid Cuts In Race For Senate Seat

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While governor, Phil Bredesen (D-Tenn.) faced a budget that advisers said was the toughest they’d seen in their careers. In a new campaign ad, Bredesen says he “saved TennCare,” but those fixes came at a cost and proved controversial for many at the time. Bredesen is running for the Senate against Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) Medicaid news comes out Iowa and Michigan, as well.

Over 4,300 Kicked Off Arkansas’ Medicaid Rolls After Failing To Report Work Hours Under New Requirements

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) said, “I don’t like that number,” but still touted the benefits of the new work requirements. Arkansas is the first state to drop Medicaid beneficiaries because of the rules, which are gaining traction in red states. Thousands more Arkansans will be at risk of losing their benefits next month if they have not complied with the requirements.

As Many As 4,600 Dropped From Arkansas’ Medicaid Rolls After Failing To Meet State’s New Work Requirements

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Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson stood firm in the face of criticism from advocates who say the requirements aren’t incentivizing work but rather just adding hurdles to get government aid. “We will continue to do everything we can to ensure those who qualify for the program keep their coverage,” Hutchinson said, “but we will also make sure those who no longer qualify are removed.” Medicaid news comes out of Kentucky, Idaho and Massachusetts, as well.

Medicaid Expansion Clears Hurdle To Get On Nebraska Ballot But Legal Challenge Could Throw Wrench In Process

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An official determines that there are enough valid signatures to add the measure to November’s ballot, but a judge is currently weighing a lawsuit that argues the proposal violates the Nebraska Constitution by including more than one subject: broadening eligibility for the state-federal health care program and asking state officials to seek federal approval of the expansion. Medicaid news comes out of Iowa and Oregon, as well.