Maine joins states pur­su­ing Med­i­caid work re­quire­ment

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Vir­gil Dick­son

Maine be­came the lat­est state to seek ap­proval from the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to im­pose a work re­quire­ment on Med­i­caid ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

The state proposes re­quir­ing “able-bod­ied” adults to work at least 20 hours a week, or prove that they’re search­ing for work.

Maine’s waiver also seeks to im­pose monthly pre­mi­ums rang­ing from $14 a month for peo­ple at and be­low the fed­eral poverty line. Fam­i­lies with de­pen­dent chil­dren that col­lec­tively have in­comes at 201% or more above the fed­eral poverty level would pay $66 a month.

Med­i­caid ben­e­fi­cia­ries who fail to pay their pre­mi­ums would be locked out from cov­er­age for at least three months. If the per­son still hasn’t paid their pre­mi­ums at that point they will con­tinue to be de­nied cov­er­age.

Maine res­i­dents will vote this Novem­ber on whether to ex­pand Med­i­caid to child­less adults with in­comes up to 138% of the poverty level, as out­lined in the Af­ford­able Care Act.

As many as 56,000 peo­ple could be­come el­i­gi­ble for Med­i­caid cov­er­age if the mea­sure passes. Repub­li­can Gov. Paul LePage has been an adamant op­po­nent of Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion.


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