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Biden administration begins process to end Medicaid work requirements

The Biden Administration has taken steps to roll back a controversial Trump-era rule that requires Medicaid beneficiaries to work in order to receive coverage.

On Friday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent letters to several states that received approval for a Section 1115 waiver.

CMS said it was beginning a process to determine whether to withdraw the approval. States that received a letter include Arizona , Arkansas , Georgia , Indiana , Nebraska , Ohio , South Carolina , Utah and Wisconsin .

The letters cited the economic and health impacts of the pandemic, which could make it more difficult for Medicaid recipients to fulfill their state’s work requirements.

“Uncertainty regarding the current crisis and the pandemic’s aftermath, and the potential impact on economic opportunities (including job skills training and other activities used to satisfy community engagement requirements, i.e., work and other similar activities), access to transportation and to affordable child care have greatly increased the risk that implementation of the community engagement requirement approved in this demonstration will result in unintended coverage loss,” CMS said in the letters.

The agency also sent separate letters to states, including one to Arkansas , which rescind a letter sent by former CMS Administrator […]

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