Mississippi revamps Medicaid work requirement request

July 5, 2018, Modern Healthcare, Virgil Dickson- Mississippi has revamped its request to impose work requirements on its Medicaid beneficiaries, a move to address federal concerns that its original proposal would have left some without insurance. Advocates in Mississippi remain alarmed about the work proposal as the revamped policy could still lead to loss of coverage. Any person who works 20 hours per week in a minimum-wage position would earn $7,540 annually, but the state’s income eligibility cutoff is 27% of the federal poverty level, or an annual income of $4,444. “Ultimately the changes do not protect Mississippi Medicaid enrollees from experiencing loss of healthcare,” said Roy Mitchell, executive director of the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program.

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