Indiana scales back proposal on Medicaid work requirement
Indiana has relaxed its proposal to impose a work requirement on Medicaid beneficiaries following public backlash for the new provisions.
Under the revised amendment submitted to the CMS last week, Indiana would not require students, pregnant women, homeless individuals and some other Medicaid beneficiaries to seek work or be employed as a condition of eligibility.
The move is part of Indiana’s renewal application for its Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 waiver, and state health officials believe its healthcare costs could go down if the request is approved. The state seeks to require all able-bodied HIP participants to either work on average 20 hours per week; be enrolled in full-time or parttime education; or participate in a job search and training program.
After receiving nearly 60 comments, most of them critical of the request, the state decided to tweak the provisions.
Indiana estimates that 30%, or more than 130,000 of the 438,600 Medicaid enrollees, will have to comply with the new requirement after factoring in all the exemptions. Currently, 244,000 Indiana Medicaid beneficiaries are unemployed and an additional 58,000 members work fewer than 20 hours per week.