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Maine would be among first states to impose work requirements, premiums on Medicaid recipients

The LePage administration proposal would be among the first to test how the Trump administration will run the Medicaid program.
June 04, 2017 | Portland Press Herald

Maine and Wisconsin would be the first states in the nation to charge monthly Medicaid premiums to people living in extreme poverty and bar them from re-enrolling in the program before they catch up on late premiums, if requests by the two states are approved by the Trump administration.

In addition, Maine and Wisconsin would be the first states to impose work or volunteer requirements on some Medicaid enrollees.

“Never in the 50-plus years of Medicaid’s existence has health coverage been conditional to whether you’re working,” said MaryBeth Musumeci of the Kaiser Family Foundation. “This would be breaking new ground, and the question is how far would the Trump administration go in allowing these proposals to move forward.” [Click here to read the full article]