9 States Submit Proposals Over Trump Administration’s Medicaid Guidelines

(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

January 13, 2018

OAN Newsroom

Nine states are planning to implement work requirements for Medicaid, after Kentucky becomes the first state granted approval for the move.

Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin have submitted their own proposals, and will work with federal officials to make sure the proposals fit the guidelines laid out by the Trump administration.

The new rules require Medicaid recipients to participate in 80 hours of work, job training, community service or be enrolled in school.

Exemptions are made for those with disabilities or other special circumstances.

  • Roscoe

    Accountability for Medicaid? LOL! Ted Kennedy is tossing and turning in his grave. LOL! I love that thought of Ted being tortured in his grave!

  • Gregory Smith

    If it’s free it’s for me!

  • weldon gebhard

    Work/Benefits began under Pres Clinton/Republican Congress.

  • Lenny Woodson

    We can add this to the ever growing list of things this man has done in one short year to MAGA.

  • BillVA

    Never gonna happen in Virginia.
    We went from McAuliffe to Northam.

    WTF is wrong with my fellow Virginians?????

  • All American

    Is that 80 hours of work, job training. Community service or enrolled in school per month?

  • Margaret Keller

    What’s going to happen to the ones on Medicare who can’t work???

    • Twinkle Toes

      “Exemptions are made for those with disabilities or other special circumstances.“

    • Laurie

      Medicare is not Medicaid. Two different animals. Medicare is healthcare every legal citizen automatically gets on once they turn 65. Medicaid is for the poor and low income folks. That is, until Husseincare came along.

  • william Morgan

    be nice to see enacted in all 50 states but too many want to hand out money to ensure reelection give them pennies and rob millions from hard working americans

  • Scott Henke

    Where’s Missouri? Come on, Gov. Greiteins, do this and really set the Post-Disgrace on fire!

  • Paul

    About Time!


    I’m from Kansas and I broke out my happy dance when I saw Kansas on the list …

  • Jeff Jeep

    Regarding the enrolled in school exemption. I would suggest them needing a passing grade to qualify!

  • Linda

    California ?☹️😭

    • Twinkle Toes

      There’s zero possibility Jerry and Nancy will ever allow their pets to work.

  • CCTexas

    Heck yes where is Abbott! Look, the “Special Circumstances” are the same that have led us to an all encompassing welfare system that has become a career choice for millions. The education section, just like most other job education programs is a failure just by discussing it. Those programs, with an exception or two, are a waste of time and money. Community Service in fair trade for Medicaid is a just and honorable action. Assuming of course those participating are managed and supervised so that WE THE PEOPLE get some value for our dollar and they get the medical care they need. Again folks, COUNTY HOSPITALS WERE ESTABLISH TO PROVIDE MEDICAL CARE FOR THE POOR. There really is no need for and INDIVIDUAL to be concerned about medical care. Assuming of course they are LEGAL CITIZENS. All others should pay.

    • Disgusted by the Misleadia

      Do a search for “Unlike other states, Texas hasn’t applied for Medicaid work requirements under Trump’s new policy”. The article explains why Texas hasn’t done so.

      Short version: since Texas didn’t expand Medicaid eligibility when Obummercare was enacted, these new work requirements would have very little effect.

      • CCTexas

        I did, here is another quote: “If Gov. Greg Abbott moves forward with work requirements, White said
        it’s at best a good preventive measure to keep the healthy population
        from taking health care away from the poor, White said.” We need to use every tool possible to limit the negative affect otherwise strong and work-capable individuals are NOT misusing any Public Aid program. Even if we only prevent one individual, that is one extra NEEDY person who can make use of the program or programs. Thanks to LBJ, this country has developed whole sections of its society who view Public Aid as a career choice, not assistance. That needs to stop NOW and NEVER allowed to return. It is OUR money, MY money, and if it goes to anyone who really does not need it, then I should have a say in the matter. I do not like the mothers making less than 250.00 part. That just promotes unwed motherhood.

  • Brad

    Work – that doesn’t mean panhandling on the street corners.

    • Daniel Shays

      How about dealing drugs?

      • Roscoe

        That and prostitution are hard work but they need to file a 1099 for it to count.

    • All American

      Hopefully defined as “gainful employment”

  • marcthepig

    All able bodied recipients should be required to work, look for work, train for work, or do volunteer work that benefits the local community.

  • ShortSweet

    Hilarious. Everyone expected outrage and instead there is agreement and cooperation. About time.

    • HarryObrian

      Agree but proposal doesn’t mean they’ll do it and I think I’d look at what the Medicaid burden is for those states to determine if it’s true cooperation or something else.

      • Roland Bradford

        Remember that we’re dealing with the Republicans. Trump will expect results unlike the Democrats that ‘say’ something & don’t follow through…!

  • One_way

    Hey New York, wake up and get with the program! Highest taxes in the country and nothing to show for it!

    • Carolann313

      NJ too … we’ve got a commie liberal taking office and my beautiful state will follow NY, CA and the other liberal states. We are in deep doodoo with this guy.

    • charliehorsescout

      I’m originally a farm boy from upstate ny. I sold my place and moved because it got just to expensive with all the taxes. And I live on my VA disability. I did that back in 2000,and I still miss upstate,I always will.

  • TYvets

    Anyone else had experience?

  • C B

    Hi Ho, Hi Ho, Its Off To Work We Go ……………..lalalalalalalala Hi Ho , Hi Ho ………

  • Jonathan

    Get on Board Tennessee

    • tedlv

      My sentiments exactly! I’m in East Tennessee. Great comment!

  • landy fincannon

    Maybe, just maybe. They’ll find the trillions missing from the pentagon.

    • HarryObrian

      Some of that money is used for many public companies that have been funded, started, filled with many high salary early military retiree and friends of politicians and then the company is intentionally and quickly shut down at a loss to investors.

  • Chana R Wright

    80 hours , as in 80 hours a month, , 80 hours every 2 weeks, what?

    • Jonathan

      yea, a moth

      • Huks

        That’s not work, that’s a joke.

        • coolflannelcat

          It’s a good start, and of course, the hope is that they will become engaged in work and a LIFE again and it will stimulate them to be independent.

        • All American

          I would think it is on an escalating scale

  • Just Sayin

    Working hard to fulfill your full potential? Na, the real american dream is to get something for nothing. We can not expect people to violate their civil rights by providing a trampoline. Public assistance is much better as a hammock.

    • TYvets

      Not my dream. Yours?

      • Just Sayin

        Thanks for your response and picking up on my sarcasm. I have no problem with public assistance, I may need help one of these days but living off the public trough should not be your job. Like I said, help should be a trampoline not a hammock. God Bless!

        • TYvets

          Shelter First needs to end.

      • All American

        Mine either. Temporary assistance only!
        “The motivation” = when it’s not a sure forever deal

        • TYvets

          A bunch of “rules” need to change. Shelter First comes to mind immediately. A group here, Good Shepherd, had their grants and funding cut. The reason? They required those they helped to be mentored. The group thinks the cycle has to be interrupted. Some ppl. don’t know how to write a check, or get a checking account, or balance a checkbook. They may not speak English. They may not be able to budget. The idea is to get them to self-sufficiency, but that is against the rules.

          • All American

            I agree with you. Everyone has their own story. Unattentive parents, broken homes, run aways, drop outs lost job, lost everything etc. So many people get lost in the shuffle of life that common life skills are unlearned or they fell on hard luck.
            I believe God, guidance and assistance should walk hand in hand to ensure success vs failure within a specific timeframe.

  • Al Lejdly

    What, where’s Texas??? Come on Guvnuh Abbott!

    • HarryObrian

      and where’s Pennsylvania?
      Also, shouldn’t that say “able bodied Medicaid recipients”? as some are in nursing homes or rehabs..
      “The new rules require Medicaid recipients to participate in 80 hours of work, job training, community service or be enrolled in school.”

      • marcthepig

        Too many liberals in Pennsylvania for it to happen.

        • All American

          Too many system dependents in NJ, PA and NY

      • Disgusted Caucasian

        What makes you think that our commie governor will go along with this?

      • Disgusted by the Misleadia

        Read the last sentence of the article:

        “Exemptions are made for those with disabilities or other special circumstances.”

        • All American

          It should not be exemptions but accommodations!

    • marcthepig

      Austin is a liberal stronghold. Good luck getting them to implement work rules in Texas.

      • Disgusted by the Misleadia

        Austin might be Moscow on the Colorado, but every state-wide office and both Houses of the legislature are controlled by Republicans.

        However, Texas really doesn’t need to implement work rules, as it would have very little impact. When Obummercare offered money to states to expand Medicaid eligibility, Texas took a pass because the funding was temporary, and the state would have had to find money to continue it.

        In Texas, the only non-elderly, non-pregnant adults without disabilities
        who are covered by Medicaid are parents and caretakers who make $230 a
        month or less. And adults are only about 25% of the total enrolled — the rest are children that wouldn’t be subject to the work requirements.

        You can find the details by searching for an article entitled: “Unlike other states, Texas hasn’t applied for Medicaid work requirements under Trump’s new policy”