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Indiana Temporarily Suspends Work Requirement for Medicaid

On Thursday, October 31, the state of Indiana announced that work requirements for Medicaid eligibility will be temporarily suspended. According to the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, the reporting requirements for the Gateway to Work program are postponed as a federal lawsuit challenging Medicaid eligibility requirements progresses. The requirements that are on hold, specified that beneficiaries of Medicaid would have to work or engage in work-related activity for 20 hours each month in order to keep coverage after December 31.  

Federal judges blocked work requirements in New Hampshire, Arkansas, and Kentucky. A judge in Kentucky indicated that the work requirement as set by the Department of Health and Human Services “is arbitrary and capricious because it did not address … how the project would implicate the ‘core’ objective of Medicaid: the provision of medical coverage to the needy.”

Medicaid is the health insurance program available to those Americans who are low-income. The Trump administration moved forward with implementing work mandates in order to receive the benefit. Critics of the work mandates argue that coverage losses will occur for many who do not know that they have to prove they are working. The administration defends that the requirements are motivation for low-income people to work which will result in helping them help themselves out of poverty.

The Gateway to Work Program 

The Gateway to Work program in Indiana aims to help Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), members find jobs, train for work, finish school, and volunteer. The program helps those who are unemployed or those who are employed but are interested in learning new skills that can help them gain better-paying jobs. Each member is given a status that will dictate whether they have to report their work hours or if they are exempt from reporting.

Family Law Attorney in Indiana

Health insurance is a major area of concern for most American families but especially those who are facing divorce. Determining who will be responsible for insurance expenses after the split is part of most divorce negotiations. When children are involved, finding a way to amicably split is a complex process. 

Christopher L. Arrington, P.C., a Danville collaborative divorce lawyer that will help you and your spouse find an agreeable resolution during your separation. Indiana is a no-fault state, which means that a divorce can proceed without the need for a specific reason as to why the marriage dissolved. Courts in the state are only responsible for dividing assets between separating partners as well as to see to it that children’s best interests are served. In the midst of a divorce, you need an aggressive family attorney who will see to it that your best outcomes are achieved through a comprehensive and dedicated litigation approach.

When results matter, you cannot entrust the future of your finances and family to just any legal professional. Christopher L. Arrington, P.C. is a resourceful Danville, Indiana divorce attorney that has the years of practice and experience you want for your legal representation. I will provide you guidance, and answer all of your questions throughout the entire process. Call my Danville divorce law firm at 317-745-4494 today so we can talk about your situation during a free consultation.

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