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GOP Governors Draft New Rules to Alter Medicaid Programs

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By    |   Thursday, 03 Aug 2017 11:42 AM

At least six states have Republican governors working with President Donald Trump's administration on new requirements for people to be eligible for Medicaid, the program that provides healthcare for the poor, according to The Hill.

Trump would have to approve plans in those states — Arkansas, Kentucky, Arizona, Maine, Wisconsin, and Indiana — and some of the approvals could happen within weeks.

Work requirements, price increases, and drug testing for recipients of Medicaid are among the changes, according to the Hill.

Wisconsin wants to screen Medicaid applicants for drugs. Jennifer Miller, Communications Specialist at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Office of the Secretary, states that, "[u]nder [a] waiver submitted by the state of Wisconsin, a member who tests positive for a drug (without a valid prescription for that drug), will be referred to substance abuse treatment. The member will remain eligible for all standard program benefits."

Maine requested work requirements and monthly premiums in an application filed Wednesday, according to ThinkProgress.

Judith Solomon, Centers on Budget and Policy Priorities vice president for health policy, criticized the possible changes, according to The Hill.

"There are limits on what's allowable and tying eligibility to work or drug testing or some of these other things is not consistent with what should be allowed. That said, we know we now have an administration that likely thinks differently," Solomon said.

Those who favor the changes say the proposals will help cut Medicaid's costs.

"Medicaid is Pac-Manning state budgets right now. It's taking money away from education, transportation, in expansion and non-expansion states alike. It is eating their budgets," said Josh Archambault, Foundation for Government Accountability senior fellow.

Work requirements would cut down on the number of people on Medicaid, according to Deborah Bachrach, New York's former Medicaid director.

No states have gotten approval for a Medicaid work requirement, but once one does, others will follow, according to Archambault, the Hill reported.

"If and when Kentucky and Arizona get approval … you'll see a bunch of other Republican states copycat," Archambault said.

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