Still No Word On Lifetime Medicaid Limits

March 26, 2018, Kimberly Marselas, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - Lawmakers and reporters alike have been unable to pin down Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma on her agency's view of states' requests to impose lifetime coverage limits on Medicaid beneficiaries.

Verma told a media briefing in Washington, D.C., Thursday that to obtain CMS approval, the requests must “meet the objectives of the Medicaid program.” 

“I can't comment on how we're going to come out on it, but we are giving every state a chance to go through that process and go through that vigorous review,” she said, according to an Inside Health Policy account.

Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Utah and Wisconsin have requested waivers allowing them to cap the number of years that some beneficiaries can remain on Medicaid.

In all the requests, children, pregnant women and people with disabilities would be exempt from coverage limits, The Hill reported last month. 

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