Friday Five: Trump administration says no to Medicaid lifetime limits and may remove unspent funds from CHIP

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May 11, 2018
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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about CMS rejection of proposed Medicaid lifetime limits, a potential loss of funding for CHIP, SNAP program integrity, legislation to address opioid abuse, and the age gap in the federal workforce.

1. Federal officials say no-go to lifetime limits on Medicaid

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services denied a request from Kansas to implement lifetime limits on Medicaid eligibility. Kaiser Health News reports that if approved, Kansas would have been the first state to limit the amount of time individuals could receive Medicaid, although four other states have made similar requests.

2. The Trump administration wants to cancel $7 billion from a Children’s Health Insurance Program

As part of a larger effort to recoup $15 billion in unspent funds from previous years, Money Magazine reports that $7 billion may be removed from the CHIP program. The funds include $5.1 billion to reimburse states for child health care costs and a $1.9 billion contingency fund for states with higher than expected enrollment.

3. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Observations on employment and training programs and efforts to address program integrity issues

A newly released report from Government Accountability Office (GAO) focuses on SNAP employment/training programs and steps taken by the USDA and states to increase program integrity through 2016. No new recommendations were issued by the GAO.

4. Energy and Commerce marks up first round of opioid bills

The House Energy and Commerce committee is marking up 26 bipartisan opioid-related bills this week, with more expected to come next week. While originally hoping to have the bills move forward by Memorial Day, Politico reports the House now sees June as being a more likely target.

5. The Government’s Tech Talent Gap is (Still) Getting Worse

This article from NextGov reports on the widening age gap in the federal IT workforce; there are four times as many IT specialists 60 and older as those under 30. Officials want to attract younger and more diverse employees to this sector, which has double the age gap of the overall federal workforce and is predominantly white and male.