In rush to revamp Medicaid, Trump officials bend rules that protect patients

Los Angeles Times

By: Noam Levey

As it races to revamp Medicaid by allowing work requirements for the first time, the Trump administration is failing to enforce federal rules directing states to assess the impact of the change on low-income patients who rely on the half-century-old safety net program, a Times analysis shows.

“There is a lot of hiding the ball here,” said Joan Alker, executive director of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, a research organization that is tracking the administration’s efforts to revamp Medicaid rules. “We know that health insurance coverage is very popular,” Alker added. “So taking it away, as some of these plans do, is not something the administration wants to talk about.”

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