Sadly, common sense like this is unlikely to prevail across the country.
Under the proposal, which will go to the Trump administration for approval, people could see their premiums halved if they engage in healthy behavior, and beneficiaries would pay co-pays of $8 if they go to the emergency room. For every visit to the emergency room in the 12 months after the first visit, they would pay $25 in copays. That provision was added to “promote appropriate use of healthcare services and behavior that is mindful of healthcare value,” according to the summary.
The work requirement proposal would apply to non-disabled adults who are not students and are not over the age of 49. Under the plan, someone who is in Medicaid for four years but doed not participate in a training program or is not employed for at least 80 hours a month would lose eligibility for six months.
Health officials in Wisconsin are releasing a detailed proposal Wednesday and plan to submit a finalized version to the Trump administration by May 26, though they will hold public hearings beforehand.
Walker recently has also proposed drug testing able-bodied adults who are on food assistance and people who receive unemployment benefits.
Medicaid was written under Obamacare to be expanded to low-income people in all states, but because a 2012 Supreme Court decision made expansion optional for states, Wisconsin and 18 other states haven’t expanded, for political reasons and over concerns about long-term costs.