Statement of ACAP CEO Margaret A. Murray on Limit Save Grow Act
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 26, 2023
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STATEMENT OF ACAP CEO MARGARET A. MURRAY ON LIMIT SAVE GROW ACT
WASHINGTON—Margaret A. Murray, CEO of the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP), issued the following statement shortly after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Limit Save Grow Act of 2023, which proposes to make Medicaid coverage for some adults conditional on the fulfillment of work requirements:
“The work requirements provisions are concerning and unnecessary; nearly two-thirds of adults who are enrolled in Medicaid already work. Most of the rest are either in school or caring for a child or other family member.
“We are deeply concerned that adjudicating these work requirements will ultimately deny coverage to people who are Medicaid-eligible; they are at risk of losing health coverage thanks to paperwork and administrative burdens. Reducing or eliminating their coverage will ultimately harm many of the people Medicaid is designed to help.
“Additionally, administering the work requirements will place an extra layer of strain on state Medicaid agencies, which are just now embarking on the largest wave of eligibility redeterminations in the program’s history.
“As this bill moves through the legislative process, we urge the Senate to protect coverage for people who qualify for Medicaid – and allow state Medicaid agencies to focus their scarce resources on reverifying eligibility for the 90 million-plus who currently rely on Medicaid.
“We are ready to support state efforts to make these redeterminations as accurate and efficient as possible to help everyone who qualifies for Medicaid to get covered, and stay covered.
ACAP represents 79 health plans, which collectively provide health coverage to more than 25 million people. Safety Net Health Plans serve their members through Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Marketplace and other publicly sponsored health programs. For more information, visit www.communityplans.net.