Trump administration drafting 'scorecard' for Medicaid changes

Trump administration drafting 'scorecard' for Medicaid changes

The Trump administration is working on a "scorecard" with states that will measure how well the changes they make to Medicaid are working, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services confirmed.

The news follows recent changes to Medicaid that are being allowed by the Trump administration, including authorizing programs in which certain recipients would be required to work, volunteer or enroll in classes as a condition of receiving medical coverage.

Possibilities include states tracking how many people are no longer enrolled in Medicaid, and whether they left the program because they were able to obtain health insurance themselves, obtain it through a job, or whether they instead became uninsured.

According to a speech in which CMS Administrator Seema Verma previewed the scorecard, the documentation would use data from states to track whether positive health outcomes had resulted from the policies, and will be available to the public.

"We not only owe it to the beneficiaries we serve both young and old, but to the taxpayers funding them to make sure that our investments are actually producing positive health outcomes and helping our recipients lead better, more independent lives," Verma said.

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