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Arizona trying again to get Medicaid work requirement

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Posted at 1:58 PM, Nov 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-30 15:58:41-05

Arizona is trying again to get the federal government to approve a work requirement for some able-bodied adults on the state's Medicaid program.

The proposed waiver from federal Medicaid rules outlined Thursday by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey's health care policy adviser comes a year after the Obama Administration rejected work requirements. Other key changes Christina Corieri outlined include limits on non-emergency medical transportation in urban areas, cuts to retroactive coverage and limiting access to some drugs.  Also included is a five-year lifetime limit on coverage for those who fail to meet the work requirements.

The changes will be requested in a formal waiver request to the Trump Administration next month.

The new administration has urged states to consider changes to their state Medicaid programs to encourage work and independence.