Billion-dollar loophole threatens Medicaid integrity

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Since our nation’s founding, Americans have valued hard work and self-sufficiency. With near record-low unemployment and seven million open jobs, the American Dream has never been more attainable. So why is the government fast-tracking its citizens on to welfare instead of connecting people with opportunities?

Across the country, state officials are using auto-enrollment to funnel people already on food stamps into Medicaid, a massive government-provided healthcare program intended to serve low-income folks and the disabled. They’re also using automatic renewals for existing Medicaid enrollees to keep them in dependency.

States are enrolling individuals in Medicaid simply because they are enrolled in food stamps. This massive loophole was developed in 2013 when Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion led to a surge in able-bodied people looking to enroll in Medicaid. The Obama administration wanted to onboard people faster into the Medicaid program, so they gave states the temporary authority to auto-enroll individuals into Medicaid based on food stamp eligibility.