CMS Issues Split Decision on Arkansas Medicaid Waiver
Posted on Friday, March 9, 2018 9:03 PM
Kaiser Health News by Phil Galewitz
On Monday, the Trump Administration approved Arkansas’ request for a Medicaid work requirement. However, they did not approve their request to roll back their Medicaid expansion.
“Arkansas had sought to reduce the number of people eligible for Medicaid by allowing only those with incomes below the federal poverty level, or about $12,140 for an individual, to qualify. For the past four years, Arkansas Medicaid covered everyone with incomes under 138 percent of the poverty level, or about $16,750. The new policy would have cut the number of people eligible for Medicaid in the state by about 60,000 people.”
Advocates for the poor, were furious saying that most Medicaid recipients already work, volunteer or take care of a sick family member. Officials say that they need the work requirement because only 5% of Medicaid enrollees who were referred for job training followed through.
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