Trump administration opens the door for states to deny Medicaid to people who don't work
WASHINGTON (WSET) -- Some states could soon require Medicaid recipients to work or risk losing their coverage, according to new guidelines released Thursday.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said the guidelines outline how states can mandate employment for certain enrollees.
The letter sent to Medicaid directors opens the doors for states to cut off Medicaid benefits to Americans, unless they have a job, are in school, are a caregiver, volunteer, or participate in other "approved forms of community engagement."
10 states, including Utah, Arizona, Kansas, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Maine, and New Hampshire have submitted waivers that would allow them to deny care to unemployed recipients.
Alabama, Idaho, and South Dakota are considering the move.
CNN reported that experts said some people have physical or mental health problems that make employment difficult, but don't qualify for federal disability programs.
States will be required to fund job training resources for Medicaid recipients before they can deny any coverage though.
Nearly 75 million Americans get health care coverage under the Medicaid program.