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Medicaid Work Requirements Are Incoming As Gaming The System Comes To An End

New Medicaid Director Mike Randol (pictured) is about to see some changes happening.

WARNING: The video at the bottom of this report contains language which some readers may find offensive.

Everyone with a heart and even a shred of empathy wants to see that those in genuine need are taken care of, not “dying in the streets,” as President Donald Trump has said. Those with horrible illnesses or those who face hardship far beyond their ability to cope financially certainly need to be cared for. However, a lot of recipients are gaming the system and it has angered many taxpayers as it happens.

Mr. Trump has issued new guidelines to states which may curtail much of that abuse. He plans to allow them “to compel people to work or prepare for jobs in order to receive Medicaid,” according to MSN News. This will mark the first time that this has been tried with the program that so many rely upon.

Obviously, we know that if someone is recovering from something like cancer treatments, they likely can’t work, nor should they have to. However, what about those who are getting heaps of money and help due to some supposed mental illness? They can’t answer the phones at a call center, for instance, or run a cash register in return for the handouts that they get?

Matt Salo, Executive Director, National Association of Medicaid Directors has already complained about the new and needed changes which are to come.

Those who may not be able to walk, they can not engage in telemarketing, writing, or licking stamps? To many, this kind of approach seems more than reasonable.

A letter from the White House says that Medicaid would be permitted to “cut off Medicaid benefits to Americans unless they have a job, are in school, are a caregiver or” to those who are not otherwise participating in some kind of “community engagement.” In other words, the government is willing to help those in need, but they have to give something back. Almost no one is incapable of helping in some way.

Ten states are said to be “lined up” waiting for this to pass so that they can take the prudent measures needed to stop the system from being so terribly abused. Far too many people are getting mounds of goodies for free and doing nothing to earn them, even though they could be. That is why three other states are also contemplating similar ideas.

Trump has kept his promise to get tougher on those who abuse the system, not harder on the sick.

Getting up and doing something other than awaiting handouts also may prove to help the recipient, too. “[A] growing body of evidence suggests that targeting certain health determinants, including productive work and community engagement, may improve health outcomes,” the letter says.

It reminds us that “While high-quality health care is important for an individual’s health and well-being, there are many other determinants of health,” a fact lost on those sandbagging.

Some people are less than pleased by the news, as can be expected in today’s divided America. Matt Salo, executive director of the National Association of State Medicaid Directors complained, “This is going to go to court the minute the first approval comes out.”

Many will say that these changes are going to hurt the sick or infirmed, but such is not the case at all. It is known that “the requirement would apply only to able-bodied adults as defined by each state.” It is also confirmed that “guidance specifies only that pregnant women and ‘medically frail’ people be exempt.

In addition, it is said “that people with opioid addiction be either exempted or allowed to count time in drug treatment toward work activities.” Since that is the end goal for addicts anyhow, this is going to help them.

At the end of the day, this is just about getting those who are playing the system off of the couch and into the workforce so that everyone in need can be cared for. Otherwise, the abuse that we are seeing today is going to bring the whole house of cards down and it will be there for no one to use.

Source: MSN News

Written by Leigh Brown

Leigh Brown is a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer who served nineteen years overseas in Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain. He was the CIA Chief of Base for the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and was one of the first Americans to enter Afghanistan in December 2001. Leigh is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a Washington-based advocacy group that seeks to encourage and promote a U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East that is consistent with American values and interests.

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