While efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 have been difficult in all environments, the conditions for those working in agricultural production raise additional challenges. Migrant and seasonal farmworkers, many of whom travel as crops ripen throughout the spring and summer, live and work under conditions that even before COVID-19 posed risks to their safety and wellbeing. This expert perspective examines approaches to addressing the particular risks of COVID-19 faced by farmworkers, provides a survey of state and local policies and outlines some key themes and recommendations for policymakers as they work to support agricultural workers and stem the spread of COVID-19.
Work and Community Engagement Requirements in Medicaid: State Implementation Requirements and Considerations
Patricia Boozang, Allison Orris, Mindy Lipson, and Deborah Bachrach, Manatt Health
In January 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a State Medicaid Director Letter providing guidance to states as to the circumstances under which CMS would approve 1115 demonstration waivers making work/community engagement (CE) requirements a condition of Medicaid eligibility. Since then, CMS has approved state work/CE waivers in Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, and New Hampshire, and additional states have submitted or are poised to submit similar waivers. Manatt Health has produced a series of charts that outline the legal, policy, financial and operational tasks and issues that states will face in adding a work/CE condition to their Medicaid program.
If you are interested in only one of the charts, they are also available as individual resources:
State Health and Value Strategies also recently hosted a webinar, Explaining the Stewart v. Azar Decision and Implications for States, that provided an overview of the Stewart v. Azar decision and its potential implications for states with approved, pending or planned Medicaid waivers that include work/community engagement requirements.