Medicaid

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New Hampshire court found that work and community engagement requirements do not support the basic objective of the Medicaid program.
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Utah's waiver policies would likely result in the loss of Medicaid coverage for significant numbers of low-income Utahans who rely on the program for health care.
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Emerging waivers that impose work requirements and other harmful obligations on Medicaid beneficiaries as conditions of participation are likely to lead to significant numbers of people losing coverage, even as states incur greater costs.
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In spite of the recent legal setbacks experienced by Kentucky and Arkansas, other states continue to seek federal approval of waivers that include work and work alternative requirements for Medicaid recipients.
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On March 27, 2019, a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued decisions that are vitally important for Medicaid beneficiaries. The two cases, Gresham v. Azar and Stewart v. Azar, halted efforts in Arkansas and Kentucky to condition receipt of Medicaid benefits on securing work or volunteer activities, as well as other cuts to coverage. The court’s rulings reinforced an earlier decision against Kentucky’s work requirement and extended a similar reasoning to the Arkansas requirement.
No husbands or wives should have to completely bankrupt themselves when their spouses need Medicaid to fund home- and community-based services (HCBS) such as help with daily activities like eating, bathing, and dressing. Yet unless Congress acts, bankruptcy or nursing home admission are exactly what could happen in many such cases in the near future because an important provision that allows spousal impoverishment protections for spouses of Medicaid HCBS recipients is set to expire on March 31.
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As AARP’s recent report highlights, the majority of Americans prefer to remain in their homes as long as possible. Helping to enable that are home- and community-based services (HCBS)—the kind of long-term supports provided to older adults and individuals with disabilities residing in communities as they age.
Medicaid is a crucial program for millions of people. But not everyone understands who’s eligible and the benefits; moreover, the program continues to evolve. Here’s what you and all consumers should know.
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Earlier this year, Arkansas became the first state to implement a  policy that—with some exemptions, including for people age 50 and older—requires adult Medicaid enrollees to work 80 hours every month at the state’s minimum wage. The policy has serious implementation problems, and is quickly ncreasing the number of uninsured in the state.
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For decades Medicaid has served as a critical safety net for millions of people with limited income and resources. Nearly 70 million people, including millions of children and adults with disabilities and low-income older adults, rely on the Medicaid program for health care coverage and assistance with basic life functions such as eating, dressing, and bathing.
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