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Fri Jan 12, 2018, 01:39 PM

Kentucky becomes first state to require work for some Medicaid beneficiaries

The Trump administration has approved a proposal from Kentucky that would obligate some Medicaid beneficiaries to work, volunteer or take classes as a condition of being enrolled in the program.

The commonwealth will become the first locality in the country to implement such requirements, a request it initially made under the Obama administration. Under Obama, the government determined that work obligations ran counter to Medicaid's mission of providing medical assistance to low-income people.

The approval comes only a day after the Trump administration issued guidance for states that want to carry out such programs. Shortly after the federal announced its decision on Thursday, pro-Obamacare groups vowed to take legal action as soon as a waiver was approved.

Kentucky has estimated that the work requirements and other changes it wants to make to its healthcare program will cause about 95,000 Kentuckians to fall from Medicaid rolls and would result in more than $2.2 billion in savings over five years. The waiver application, state officials wrote, “represents our good faith effort to continue Medicaid expansion in a responsible manner.”


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http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/kentucky-becomes-first-state-to-require-work-for-some-medicaid-beneficiaries/article/2645762

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Response to Doctor_R (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 01:42 PM

1. Glad to see things like this, it;s long overdue

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Response to Doctor_R (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 01:43 PM

2. What if they can't work because they're sick?

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Response to Scary Red (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 01:55 PM

3. A novel little thing called "reading" would have answered your question.

"The Kentucky program makes numerous exemptions for caregivers and, as federal guidelines stipulate, do not apply to people with disabilities, children, pregnant women and older adults. It also exempts people it categorizes as "medically frail," such as people with cancer, blood clotting disorders, or alcohol or substance abuse disorders.

People on the program wouldn't have to work or take on other activities right away. During the first three months of being covered, they would have no requirements, and the longer people are on the program the more hours they would need to participate in activities, rising to 20 hours a week for those in the program longer than a year. Someone who doesn't fulfill his or her hours will have coverage suspended for a month."

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Response to Carl (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 02:48 PM

4. Hard to believe anyone could be against able-bodied people working for their benefits...............

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Response to Carl (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 07:13 PM

9. Funny you should mention that-- those are in the new Federal guidelines that...

pretend to be tough on Medicare fraud. One estimate is that with all the exemptions, maybe 3-5% of people who simply prefer not to work or got to school will be tossed.

I was simply trolling to see what justifications would be spewed to throw more people out in the street.

Immigrants bad. Poor people bad. People with certain physical characteristics (like color) bad. People in the next town bad.

Must take away any benefits. Must build walls.

The rest of the world is changing toward tearing down walls and giving anyone who needs it a helping hand, but not the US.

Why is that?

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Response to Scary Red (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 07:22 PM

10. Disappointed your idiotic stereotypes were not met I see.

And absolute bullshit,there is a growing backlash in Europe over the come on in refugee policies some countries have and I am more then happy to show you articles of Canadian leaders telling Haitians to stay out.

A double fail in one post,pretty good effort there!

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Response to Carl (Reply #10)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 07:38 PM

11. Refugee problems in Europe are a relatively new problem...

and might be solvable if everyone relaxes. The common currency and lack of border checks have had significant positive impact.

Canadian leaders being as bigoted as ours means very little.

And yes, my stereotypes are idiots.



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Response to Scary Red (Reply #11)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 07:40 PM

12. So your post was nothing but bull shit.

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Response to Doctor_R (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 02:50 PM

5. That is going to hurt Republicans in 2018

 

seeing as a large segment of the 62% who voted for Trump may have to find work now.

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Response to WritelyWrong (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 02:55 PM

6. You need to read too.

"Kentucky expanded Medicaid under its previous governor, Steve Beshear, who was a Democrat. The current Republican governor, Matt Bevin, has looked at ways to change the program and says it's unsustainable. In 2013, the state projected that 147,634 people would enroll in Medicaid expansion during the first year under Obamacare and would grow to 187,898 over the next six years. Instead, enrollment now exceed 428,000, Kentucky officials said in the waiver application.

"These costs have the potential to challenge the overall state budget and could create funding issues for other programs, such as education, pensions, and infrastructure, as well as also jeopardize funding for the traditional Medicaid program that covers the aged, blind, disabled, pregnant women and children," officials wrote in the waiver."

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Gosh,who could have seen that happening?
Oh yeah,those of us that live in the real world.

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Response to Doctor_R (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 05:14 PM

7. That makes Kentucky a shithole.

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Response to Argentina (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 05:16 PM

8. LONG way to go until they catch up with

kalifornia.

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Response to Doctor_R (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 07:44 PM

13. Will Kentucky be hiring these people who need work to qualify?

 

No? Fuck off then.

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