Trump health chief ‘looking closely’ at thousands who lost Medicaid from work requirements

Trump health chief 'looking closely' at thousands who lost Medicaid from work requirements

CMS Administrator Seema Verma is defending her signature Medicaid work requirement policy amid attention on 12,000 people who have lost coverage in Arkansas after the new rules.

Asked if those people losing coverage is a weakness in the administration’s plan, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma told reporters Tuesday that her agency is still trying to understand why those people left the Medicaid program.

Verma suggested there could be more benign explanations than simply that they are now uninsured.

“We are looking closely at the people that have left the program to understand the reasons why they have left the program, and I think that’s going to give us a lot of lessons learned,” Verma said.

Political context: Democrats argue work requirements are just an excuse to kick people off of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, while Republicans defend them as helping to lift people out of poverty by incentivizing work.

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