Wis. can impose Medicaid work requirements, time limits, but not drug testing
The CMS last week gave Wisconsin permission to impose work requirements on beneficiaries. It’s the first state to receive a green light for the policy without expanding Medicaid.
Wisconsin also became the first state to win federal approval to impose a time limit on Medicaid enrollment. The CMS, however, denied its bid to require beneficiaries undergo drug testing.
Under the waiver, Medicaid beneficiaries must document and report 80 hours per month of either volunteering or work-related activities, or risk being kicked out of the program. The mandate won’t apply to disabled or mentally ill individuals as well as sole primary caregivers and children.
There will be a new, 48-month, nonconsecutive time limit for enrollees between the ages of 19 and 49 who don’t meet the work requirement. After four years, the state will lock enrollees out of coverage for six months.