The CMS plans to open a new 30-day federal public comment period on Kentucky's Medicaid work requirement demonstration as a way to overcome a federal judge's objections to the way the waiver was approved.
Arkansas' requirement took effect last month. Participants in the program lose coverage if they don't meet the work requirement for three months in a calendar year.
A White House report suggests that Congress may need to pass a new law compelling Medicaid enrollees to work, as it has found evidence that some beneficiaries choose to work very little or not at all.
The CMS on Tuesday announced it would drop a Medicaid rule that since 2014 has allowed unions to have dues paid through checks sent to state-subsidized home healthcare workers.
The question now is whether the CMS will reconsider its waiver approvals or risk more lawsuits and potential derailment of work requirements.
Three advocacy groups that won a federal court ruling blocking Kentucky's Medicaid work requirement have asked the CMS to reject the state's move to cut off vision, dental and non-emergency medical transportation benefits in response to the ruling.
Mississippi overhauled its request to impose work requirements on Medicaid enrollees in an attempt to address federal concerns about coverage losses. The new proposal contains a coverage safety net to protect beneficiaries as they gradually earn more money.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar said his department would meet two court-ordered deadlines to reunite immigrant children with their parents in a process that highlights the escalating cost and complexity of the inter-department immigration system.
Missouri's new pay cut for providers who don't want to opt into Medicaid managed-care networks has sparked new angst for hospitals.
Kentucky's Medicaid beneficiaries will continue to receive the limited dental and vision benefits they've had all along, despite Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's announcement the state would cut coverage after its work requirement was shot down in court.
Gov. Matt Bevin's administration is cutting dental and vision coverage for nearly a half-million Kentuckians after his Medicaid overhaul plan was rejected in court.
The decision to block Kentucky's Medicaid waiver, while dealing a blow to the Trump administration's strategy for revamping and shrinking Medicaid, left the door open for legal clearance for a more carefully developed model.