Trump administration will grant states considerable authority over Medicaid

by Daniel Payne · Jan 30th, 2020 3:20 pm

The Trump administration announced on Thursday that it would soon grant states considerable leeway to administer Medicaid within their respective borders, using block grants to permit state governments to experiment with policies such as eligibility requirements.

Block-granting Medicaid has long been a proponent of those who wish to make the federal poverty program more efficient and less wasteful. Democrats have claimed that the White House lacks unilateral authority to switch Medicaid's funding structure.

Numerous states are considering work requirement stipulations for their Medicaid programs. The new law would also permit states to change their Medicaid administration without seeking federal approval, which is a requirement under current federal rules.


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