House Hears Comments On Medicaid Work Requirement

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By Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert

A House committee held a public hearing on proposals intended to require new working-age Medicaid recipients to participate in the workforce and focused solely on the cost-saving and “reform” elements. Those include treatment for recipients with drug or alcohol problems, lessening emergency room use, encouraging the use of private plans and requiring providers to give cost estimates.

The proposal to require new enrollees who are not currently eligible for Medicaid to prove “workforce participation” garnered criticism from legal analysts and community advocates. That proposal, along with a requirement that new participants pay at least one percent of their income in cost-sharing, would require federal waivers for the state.

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