AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage hailed the decision by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow states to institute work requirements for able-bodied adults.
“Most people have something to contribute to their community through either work or volunteering, and people who can contribute should do so,” stated Governor LePage. “Although the details on Maine’s waiver request still must be worked out, this decision by CMS is a critical first step.”
The Governor added, “Under our proposal, people who receive Medicaid and are able bodied will need to work, be training for a new career, or volunteer. We want to see the same successes that Maine’s TANF beneficiaries have realized. These work-oriented activities end isolation, build relationships, improve quality of life and help move our economy forward.”
On Thursday CMS issued a letter to state Medicaid Directors, providing guidance aimed at supporting efforts to engage able-bodied Medicaid recipients in work or community-engagement activities. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) awaits a final decision on its demonstration waiver application under section 1115 (a) of the Social Security Act, filed in the fall of 2017.