June 01, 2018

The New Work Requirement for Medicaid

Olivia Obasi, McDermott Will & Emery, Washington, DC

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on January 11, 2018 announced a new policy that would allow states to impose work as a requirement for Medicaid eligibility.1 Under the new policy, “work” is also referred to as community engagement and includes employment, volunteering, job search or job training programs; beneficiaries would be required to work 20 hours per week.2 Pregnant women, the disabled, the elderly, the medically frail and children are exempted.3

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