Monday, May 21 2018 9:41 AM full issue Conservative Republicans in the House refused to support the farm bill unless they got a separate vote on immigration legislation, disappointing Speaker Paul Ryan, who couldn't get Democratic votes on the bill because it would have added the work requirements. Politico: Republicans Claw At Each Other Over Farm Bill Implosion The Washington Post: They’re The Think Tank Pushing For Welfare Work Requirements. Republicans Say They’re Experts. Economists Call It ‘Junk Science.’ This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. … [Read more...] about Surprise Attack On Farm Bill May Have Tanked Efforts To Set Work Requirements For Food Stamps
Kentucky's new work requirements for "able-bodied" Medicaid recipients will be phased in slowly, with the three main Northern Kentucky counties leading the way. Campbell County will be the first to instigate the new "community engagement" requirements on July 1, followed by Boone County on Aug. 1 and Kenton County on Sept. 1. After that, large groups of counties are to be rolled into the program each month until the last scheduled counties are added Dec. 1. Whitley, Knox, Bell, Clay, Leslie, Harlan, Perry and Letcher counties will be exempt from the community engagement requirements until December 2019, apparently because that area is part of a pilot project to help people in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly called food stamps) find jobs. Medicaid's new "community engagement" requirements are part of an overhaul of the program, part of which will require "able bodied" Kentuckians to participate in an approved community engagement or work activity 80 hours a … [Read more...] about Medicaid work requirements to begin in Northern Kentucky this summer, with all but eight counties to be involved by Dec. 1
Monday, May 14 2018 UPDATED 9:11 AM full issue The agency warns states that didn't expand Medicaid that their requests need to include a plan to avoid the “subsidy cliff,” in which a person earns too much to keep their Medicaid coverage and too little to qualify for a tax credit on the insurance exchange. News on Medicaid comes out of Iowa, Michigan and Virginia, as well. Mississippi Today: Trump Administration Cools On Mississippi Medicaid Work Requirements Des Moines Register: Feds Reject Iowa Request To Use $1B From Medicaid For Private Nursing Homes The Washington Post: Michigan’s GOP Has A Plan To Shield Some People From Medicaid Work Requirements. They’re Overwhelmingly White. Richmond Times-Dispatch: As Va. Budget Fight Resumes, Hospitals Balance Benefits Of Expanding Medicaid, Cost Of Tax To Pay For It Delmarva Daily Times: In Accomack, Virginia's Health Insurance Wasteland, Medicaid Expansion … [Read more...] about State Requests For Medicaid Work Requirement Seem Like A Sure Bet. But CMS Says ‘Not So Fast’ To Some.
Friday, May 11 2018 8:49 AM full issue New enthusiasm for adding work requirements to states' Medicaid program is running headlong into Native American rights. HHS' legal office has made the judgment that exempting Native Americans from the rules would be an illegal racial preference. But some other agency officials and Republicans in Congress don't share that view. Meanwhile, one GOP lawmaker is calling for mandatory work requirements for all Medicaid beneficiaries. Politico: Trump Challenge To Native Americans' Health Splits HHS, Alarms Hill GOP The Hill: GOP Senator Calls For Mandatory Medicaid Work Requirements In other Medicaid news — CQ: Children's Health Funds Spark Concern As House GOP Whips Cuts New Hampshire Union Leader: State Senate Endorses House Changes To Medicaid Expansion New Orleans Times-Picayune: Louisiana Mental Health Advocates Bracing For $50 Million Budget Cut, Predict Layoffs … [Read more...] about Position That Native Americans Aren’t Exempt From Work Requirements Has Little Support Outside HHS’ Legal Office
A proposed law that would require people on food stamps to get a job or receive work training is unlikely to deliver the cost savings that its proponents hope, a government analysis shows. Most of the savings from the plan -- which would bump 1.2 million people from the food-stamp rolls -- would be consumed by new administrative costs for the program, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office. The analysis, released late Wednesday, examines several proposals in the farm bill, which was introduced in the House last month. The work requirement would lower spending on food stamps by about $9.2 billion over the next 10 years, but the costs from the provision would add $7.7 billion in new costs over the same period. That leaves a net savings of $1.5 billion over a decade, the report found. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Michael Conaway, R.-Texas, would require food-stamp recipients between the ages of 18 to 59 who aren't disabled or caring for children younger than 6 to … [Read more...] about The fuzzy math of adding work requirements for food stamps