Work Requirements Give Republicans Cover to Expand Medicaid image

U.S. News, April 23, 2018
Gabrielle Levy, quoting Allison K. Hoffman (Academic Fellow Alumna)


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While the Medicaid law sets certain mandatory minimums of eligibility and coverage, the waiver program allows states wide latitude to run their programs as they see fit. For state Republican lawmakers demonstrating a willingness to consider Medicaid expansion, part of the appeal is the chance to redefine Medicaid's parameters more broadly.

Allison Hoffman, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, says that's what's at the heart of the current movement on the issue.

"What we're seeing here is not necessarily Medicaid expansion, it's a rewriting of Medicaid," she says. "It's people who think Medicaid should not be a universal program for low- income people, it's people who think Medicaid should be time-limited, that Medicaid should be based on some kind of criteria that show that somebody is doing their share, is doing their part."


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