Verma touts Medicaid work requirement successes, despite coverage loss

September 27, 2018, Modern Healthcare, Virgil Dickson- CMS Administrator Seema Verma maintained on Thursday that Medicaid work requirements are operating as intended despite criticism that poor individuals will lose coverage under the policy. “I have heard the criticism and felt the resistance, but I reject the premise and here is why: It is not compassionate to trap people on government programs or create greater dependency on public assistance as we expand programs like Medicaid,” Verma told policy insiders at a Medicaid Managed Care Summit Thursday in Washington. Although more than 4,300 Medicaid expansion enrollees in Arkansas are losing coverage because they did not comply with the state’s work requirement mandate, Verma noted that the vast majority of expansion enrollees had some type of employment before the policy kicked in. More than 1,000 Arkansas Works enrollees have found jobs since the program began in July.

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