New Report Highlights Why Medicaid is Critical to America’s Military Readiness
(press release of the Children’s Hospital Association, 11/15/18).
TRICARE for Kids, a coalition of military family and health advocacy groups, recently released a report, America’s Military Readiness and the Essential Role of Medicaid, about the important role of Medicaid for millions of military children. According to the report, 200,000 children in active service families, and 3.4 million children of veterans rely on Medicaid for health coverage. For “Say Ahhh!,” the blog of the Georgetown Center on Children and Families, guest blogger Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Putney explains the important part that Medicaid plays for military and veteran families, particularly those whose children have complex medical needs.

Medicaid Waivers

Virginia: Virginia’s 1115 waiver proposal, which includes a work requirement, premiums, and other provisions, is up for federal comment until January 6, 2019. If the waiver is approved, beneficiaries will initially be required to work 20 hours per month, increasing to 80 hours per month after one year. Failure to comply with the requirements will result in suspension of Medicaid benefits. The state proposes including a number of exemptions and exceptions. The state will also require eligible beneficiaries with incomes 100 to 138 percent of the federal poverty level to pay monthly premiums. The premium amount will be based on a sliding income scale. Beneficiaries will make monthly premium payments of $5 to $10.

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