New CMS Medicaid work requirement guidance offers states an opportunity – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) formalized what Administrator Seema Verma had suggested was coming last fall. In a letter to State Medicaid Directors, CMS announced a new policy designed to “improve Medicaid enrollee health and well-being through incentivizing work and community engagement among non-elderly, non-pregnant adult Medicaid beneficiaries who are eligible for Medicaid on a basis other than disability.” In brief, CMS will now consider state requests to implement work-related requirements for their workable Medicaid enrollees.
US Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Seema Verma (C). REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
This policy is not the Trump administration implementing a Medicaid work requirement, as some have characterized it. Instead, it notifies states that CMS is willing to consider demonstration projects that implement work requirements or community engagement requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients. Section 1115 of the Social Security Act allows the Secretary of Health and Human

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