Medicaid plan too harsh, even for the Team Trump

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Opinion

May 13, 2018 - 11:00 PM

The Trump administration is all too willing to cut Medicaid benefits and the number of people receiving them.

They’ve signaled this for one thing by allowing states to end retroactive eligibility and to impose work requirements. Their overall message is that states need maximum flexibility because states almost always know best.

But remarkably, Kansas went too far even for this administration. This week, Kansas became the first and so far only state to be refused a Medicaid waiver under the current president. The federal government ruled that no, Kansas can’t kick people off Medicaid, the health care program for low-income Americans, just because they’ve been on it for three years.

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