Wagner pledges to funnel an additional
Wagner "will task
"Scott will change the Medicaid program by applying for a Section 1115 Waiver from the federal government, which would allow us more flexibility to ensure quality care is being provided to more individuals," Romeo said. "He supports the Medicaid work requirement proposal the House passed in April."
The hinge of this plan depends on what Wagner's team defines as "welfare."
By the federal definition of the term,
In the 2016-17 fiscal year,
Most of this funding goes toward
This would mean that, to achieve a
Managed Care refers to health provider networks run by private insurers to treat Medicare- and Medicaid-funded patients. But one of the biggest chunks of
Wagner has been a supporter of state House Bill 2138, which would require the state to seek a waiver from the federal government to modify its Medicaid guidelines to include work requirements.
Those under age 19 and over age 65, as well as those with disabilities and those who are the primary caregiver to a disabled person or a child under 6, would be exempt. Anyone else would have to work at least 20 hours per week, or complete certain monthly job training requirements, to receive medical coverage.
However, it would be extremely difficult to use this requirement to pare down
This means the state would save about
To hit the
The remaining 73 percent were already working full-time, were medically unable to work, or had a dependent child that prevented them from working enough hours.
Additionally, state estimates on HB 2138 note that removing enrollees from Medicaid as part of work requirements would also incur mandates from the federal government to provide employment training, child care assistance and transportation.
Such costs could total up to
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