Current Status

Mississippi is seeking a renewal of its current 1115 Medicaid waiver that offers coverage to certain groups of mandatory and optional beneficiaries. In November, the state decided to add an amendment to its waiver request seeking a work requirement for parents and caretaker relatives. In May 2018, the state resubmitted its waiver request with significant changes. On July 19th CMS opened a new federal comment period for this revised submission, which continues to include a mandatory work requirement with disenrollment for non-participation. That comment period closed August 18, 2018. Families USA circulated suggestions for themes for advocates to use in comment preparation.

Population Covered

The waiver seeks to impose work requirements on “1931” groups—parents and care taker relatives. In Mississippi, in order to be eligible for one of these groups you must make less than 27% FPL per year.

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Work Requirements

The program requires enrollees work at least 20 hours per week and there are a number of exceptions.

Individuals are not permanently locked out of coverage for failure to meet the work requirement, however they may churn in and out of the program as their work status changes. Learn more and get advocacy strategies to combat work requirements.