Law Wants Who Want To take away my health insurance and I share two dreams: to make me work again, and to take me away from Medicaid.
Where we differ is how those two goals fit together. For me, the purpose is that my neurological disease no longer puts me on my couch. I have long since been back in my career as a lawyer, but I would prefer any job to my current isolation and frustration. I want nothing more than to interact with people every day, I will achieve my financial freedom and become a productive member of society.
If I could work, I would certainly make a lot more money to qualify for Medicaid. I would gladly pay for my own health insurance if only I could earn an income.
I live in Colorado, one of at least a dozen states that are considering or are in the process of implementing Medicaid work requirements, a policy favored by most conservatives. The Trump administration controversially announced in January that states may require Medicaid recipients to operate with federal exemptions. Kentucky, Arkansas and Indiana already have federal permission to enforce the work requirements, and Alabama, Arizona, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin are requesting federal approval.
The Trump administration meets requirements for recipients’ health as good and has a form of “compassion” that will help poor people “unlock their full potential”, as Seema Verma, Medicare & Medicaid Services The administration administrator of the center wrote. In a column In the Washington Post.
Most policy experts argue the opposite, saying that Medicaid gives poor access to health care that allows them to be healthy and work. Health experts say work requirements will, paradoxically, reduce access to health care and make it harder for people to work.
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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, although a Democrat, is one of those Take away my medicaid. Hickenpopper has positioned himself as a national health leader, with Republicans fighting alongside Ohio Gov. John Cassich to preserve insurance for Americans when the GOP Congress tried to abolish the Affordable Care Act.
But Hickenlooper and others who support the requirements of Medicaid work either do not understand or do not care that taking health insurance from those of us is also ill equipped to seal our fate. Without access to medical care, we will lose our best chance to work well and return to work.
Proponents of work requirements claim that people with disabilities will be exempt. But what they don’t tell you, and may not even realize, is that people like me are clearly handicapped by any common-sense definition, often not considered incompetent by the government. This is because our government deliberately makes it difficult and time-consuming to qualify as incompetent. The Washington Post recently reported That 10,000 people died In the past year, while judges drowned in the backlog of federal Social Security disability cases.
States run Medicaid and Colorado and others rely on Social Security for disability determination.
Work requirements solve a perception problem, not an actual problem. Most recipients of Medicaid in Colorado and nationwide, already work. They are just so poorly paid that they are still eligible for Medicaid. Most recipients who are not working are either sick or disabled like me; Caring for a sick family member; Or attending school, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. According to the Denver Post, the work that Hickenpopper did was only “frustration … that people are freeing up on the system.”
Listening to my governor, I feel that I am an independent person, who suffers the brunt of being so weak. In September 2015, I suddenly became very ill. After months of disability leave and battling for part-time work, I finally used all the time required under the Family and Medical Leave Act and lost my job in early 2016.
I am fortunate enough to get a small monthly payment through private disability insurance. But despite reassuring an insurance company of my disability, I have not yet assured Social Security. I applied in the summer of 2016 after being ill for almost a year. Nearly two years later, I finally have an April schedule for a judge to hear if I am disabled.
Unless Social Security disables me in April, I adopt Colorado Medicid requirements, so I am among the first to lose my health insurance. He can last me for a lifetime of illness. But at least then I wouldn’t have to worry about being a “freelayer”.