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The Trump administration has opened the door, and some states are rushing in. Meanwhile, New Hampshire lawmakers are urged to renew the state’s Medicaid expansion.
The proposed deal would include work training requirements and for beneficiaries to contribute to their coverage. But Medicaid expansion was not included in the budget that the state’s Senate passed out of committee on Sunday.
For those that don’t qualify for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the requirement for insurance coverage can seem unfair. Meanwhile, the congressional spending deal raises doubts about what lawmakers are doing to control health costs that are only expected to get worse.
Republicans in Virginia have been softening their stance against expansion in recent weeks because of the Trump administration’s decision to grant work requirement waivers.
Lifetime limits and monthly premiums are just some of the other ideas states are floating after being encouraged by the Trump administration to retool their Medicaid programs. Media outlets report on Medicaid news out of California, New Hampshire, Kansas, Maryland and New York, as well.
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The plan takes aim at programs like Medicaid that are designed to help struggling Americans. Those who receive benefits are afraid of what the proposed cuts means for them. Meanwhile, House Democrats are asking the HHS Secretary to reject states’ requests to enforce Medicaid work requirements, and Kentucky’s changes to its program will actually cost the state more money than if it didn’t touch it.
The Virginia House of Delegates voted to impose work requirements on the state’s existing Medicaid recipients, with exceptions for the elderly, children, pregnant women and others who are not deemed “able bodied” as part of a compromise to expand the program. The bill goes to the Senate next, which so far has not indicated if it would accept it. Meanwhile, Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich is also preparing to ask federal regulators for a work requirements waiver for the state’s Medicaid program.
“Director [Mick] Mulvaney, tell me about the morality of a budget which supports tax breaks for billionaires, throws 32 million people off of the health insurance they have, resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of fellow Americans,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Meanwhile, the Office of Management and Budget chief caused confusion when he hinted at the same hearing that he wouldn’t vote for President Donald Trump’s budget if he were in Congress.
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To date, five states — Maine, Arizona, Utah, Wisconsin and Kansas — have applied for waivers to put a cap on how long Medicaid beneficiaries can receive health benefits. Critics of lifetime limits say they would fundamentally shift Medicaid from a health care safety net program for the poor and sick to a welfare program.
From gutting safety net programs to funding the opioid epidemic battle, President Donald Trump’s budget includes a host of health issues. The proposed cuts released Monday are unlikely to come to pass, as Congress controls the purse strings, but the plan is a good blueprint of the administration’s priorities.
Monitoring and enforcing the work requirements is a complex problem that officials are trying to wrap their arms around. The state will build a mobile-friendly website to help beneficiaries log their hours. Media outlets report on Medicaid news out of Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, Connecticut and Maryland, as well.
President Donald Trump’s budget blueprint, set to be released Monday, is expected to include funding to fight the opioid crisis. Media outlets take a look at what else may be in the proposal.
In the early hours of Friday morning the House passed a spending deal to very quickly reverse a government shutdown that was triggered at midnight. The bill includes many of the Democrats’ top health care priorities, but they had to compromise in some places as well.
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The Trump administration is encouraging states to pursue such requirements, though critics of a work mandate say most adults on Medicaid already work or are too disabled or sick to do so.
The two-year budget deal includes funding for community health centers, extends CHIP for a total of 10 years, funnels money into fighting the opioid epidemic and boosts the National Institutes of Health’s budget, among other things. Other areas of health industry are being targeted in order to pay for the package though. The Senate and House are both expected to vote on the proposed deal Thursday.
CMS Administrator Seema Verma promises technical help for providers when it comes to implementing new policies like the expansion of telehealth and better “information” to help patients make care decisions. Outlets report on Medicaid news out of Louisiana, Mississippi, Maryland, Utah and North Carolina.
Editorial pages highlight these and other health issues.