The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is now displaying the consequences of its new Biden-administration leadership. On Friday, February 12, the CMMS began notifying the states that it may withdraw approvals that it bestowed upon them under the Trump administration — approvals that let the states require Medicaid recipients to work in order to retain their coverage.
Medicare and Medicaid are “Great Society” programs, created by acts of Congress in 1965 and 1966 respectively at the urging of then President Lyndon Johnson (D).
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is (despite its plural name) a single federal agency with the Department of Health and Human Services.
The Medicaid program in particular is intended to provide health care to the impoverished, administered largely on a state-by-state basis though with oversight from the CMMS.
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In addition to letting the states know that it has the matter under consideration, the CMMS has also said that as a preliminary matter it does not believe that work mandates promote the purposes of the program.
Also on Friday afternoon, without making a fuss, the CMMS removed from its website a document placed there by Trump appointees three years ago that invited the states to submit their requests for such approvals of work mandates.