Arkansas Work Requirement Leaves Thousands Without Health Insurance Coverage

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. In Compliance or Not—That is the Question Much of the issue stems around exemptions, compliance, and reporting requirements. In addition to working 80 hours every month, enrollees …

Millions of Seniors Rely on SNAP for Food

SNAP—or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—is an essential safety net program for millions of older adults who would otherwise be at risk for hunger and hunger-related health problems. In fact, 22 percent of households receiving SNAP (nearly 4.7 million) have at least one adult age 60 or older. As the U.S. population ages and SNAP faces the prospect of changes that could affect the future of the program, it becomes all the more important to examine the dynamics around this …

Federal Court Strikes Down Kentucky’s Medicaid Work Requirement

As the month of June winded down, a federal court issued a ruling invalidating Kentucky’s effort to attach work and other community engagement requirements to receive Medicaid benefits. To understand the ruling, it’s necessary to know what’s been happening with the work requirement issue since the beginning of the year. Here’s a snapshot of what the original policy looks like, how it stands to affect Medicaid enrollees, and an explanation of the first Court ruling. CMS Makes an Unprecedented Decision …