Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Two Bills Advance that Would Tweak Medicaid Eligibility

Lilly Hummel

A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee advanced two bills that slightly tweak the rules to limit who is eligible for Medicaid. Under H.R. 181, state Medicaid programs would be allowed to count some of the income from annuities when determining the eligibility of the spouse in a nursing center for long-term care. H.R. 839 would place limits on Medicaid eligibility for lottery winners who take their winnings as a lump sum and would consider the payments as if they were given over the course of several months.

Votes were along party lines. Both bills will go before the full Committee for review. The likelihood of passage is unclear given the current focus on repealing or reforming the Affordable Care Act, including Medicaid.

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