Mississippi Medicaid adds back beneficiary protections in work requirement proposal

July 6, 2018, The Clarion-Ledger, Anna Wolfe- In an attempt to avoid pushback states have received on Medicaid work requirements, Mississippi reinstated beneficiary protections into its waiver proposal. A Medicaid waiver is a state request to the federal government to deviate from various program requirements. Mississippi is one of several states that has asked the Trump administration for permission to impose work requirements on low-income, able-bodied caretakers otherwise eligible for Medicaid. To qualify for Medicaid in Mississippi, a single parent or caretaker must make less than $384 a month. However, if they work 20 hours a week at minimum wage to meet the work requirement, they would earn $580 a month, pushing them out of eligibility but not providing enough income to purchase health insurance.

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