Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published new guidance that allows states to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients using Section 1115 Waivers. Such waivers would require beneficiaries to prove employment or participation in job search activities in order to receive health coverage under the program. Work requirements create additional barriers to coverage for patients with complex health and social needs.
Medicaid Section 1115 Waivers are intended to provide an opportunity for states to design and implement innovative Medicaid policies and programs to better serve our country’s most vulnerable populations. Section 1115 Waivers can include reforms that go beyond just routine medical care, and include evidence-based interventions that impact social determinants and improve health and well-being.