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‘People Are Afraid’: Families Who Rely On Safety Net Programs Despair Over Trump’s Budget Proposal

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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.

Virginia Lawmakers Lay Groundwork For Medicaid Expansion With Work Requirements Vote

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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.

Bernie Sanders Lambastes OMB Director Mick Mulvaney Over Health Provisions In Trump’s Budget Plan

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“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.

Emboldened By Medicaid Work Mandate, States Begin Eyeing Lifetime Limits

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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.

Trump Takes Aim At Medicare, Medicaid In $4.4 Trillion Budget Proposal

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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.

Iowa Lawmaker Introduces Medicaid Work Requirement Bill

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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.

Senate Democrats Rack Up Number Of Health Care Victories In Spending Bill

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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 Chief Pledges To Bring A Rural Health Lens To All Agency Policies

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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.