Indiana Slaps Medicaid Recipients With Work Requirements
Article from The Hill by Nathaniel Weixel.
Certain Medicaid recipients in Indiana will be required to work or volunteer at least 20 hours a week in order to qualify for benefits as part of a three-year waiver approved Friday by the Trump administration.
Indiana is just the second state in the country to get work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries approved. Kentucky became the first last month after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance encouraging states to institute work requirements.
Indiana’s program “recognizes that Medicaid can become a pathway out of poverty,” said Alex Azar, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. In a Friday speech in Indiana, Azar said 130,000 able-bodied adults will need to meet the new requirements.
Under the newly approved extension to the state’s Healthy Indiana Program (HIP), Medicaid beneficiaries will be required to pay tiered premiums based on income level and can be locked out for failing to pay.
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This is absolutely necessary in all the states. Our taxes pay for some recipients who should not receive benefits because they are fit for work but no one has required them to get a job. About time these changes are made.