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The Trump administration endorses controversial work requirements for Medicaid; there are mass arrests in Tunisia as protests continue over increased taxes and fees.
There’s a new battle over Medicaid
- The Trump administration is giving states the green light to change how they consider eligibility for Medicaid, a seismic shift for the federal health insurance program for the nation’s poor. [NPR / Alison Kodjak]
- Under the recently announced change, states can design eligibility requirements for people to get Medicaid, including putting in work requirements. [Washington Post / Amy Goldstein]
- If individual states put in new work requirements, Medicaid applicants in those states will have to demonstrate that they are working, looking for work, or volunteering in order to get health insurance. [Vox / Dylan Scott]
- Multiple state legislatures in red states have attempted to put in work requirements for people to get Medicaid, but the Obama administration wouldn’t let them. [Associated Press]
- Trump’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator, Seema Verma, told reporters the change came because multiple states requested it. She said certain Medicaid patients would be exempt from new requirements, including people with disabilities, the elderly, children, and pregnant women. [Reuters / Yasmeen Abutaleb]
- Some conservatives, including Verma, argue that work requirements encourage people to lift themselves out of poverty. [NYT / Robert Pear]
- But most of the people on Medicaid who can work are already working but making low wages. For some others, who Read More Here