Panel says too many be­ing kicked off

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Tom How­ell Jr.

A non­par­ti­san com­mis­sion told the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion Thurs­day it is “highly con­cerned” about the num­ber of Arkansans who were kicked off Med­ic­aid cov­er­age be­cause they failed to re­port work hours or com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.

Nearly 8,500 Arkansans have been knocked out of cov­er­age for fail­ing to re­port com­pli­ance, rais­ing eye­brows at the Med­ic­aid and CHIP Pay­ment and Ac­cess Com­mis­sion — or MACPAC — which makes rec­om­men­da­tions to Congress and the Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Depart­ment.

“The low level of re­port­ing is a strong warn­ing sig­nal that the cur­rent process may not be struc­tured in a way that pro­vides in­di­vid­u­als an op­por­tu­nity to suc­ceed, with high stakes for ben­e­fi­cia­ries who fail,” the com­mis­sion said in a let­ter to Seema Verma, ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Cen­ters for Medi­care and Med­ic­aid Ser­vices, and key law­mak­ers on Capi­tol Hill.

MACPAC said state of­fi­cials should stop kick­ing peo­ple off the rolls un­til steps are taken to pro­mote aware­ness of the rules and im­prove com­pli­ance.

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