Trump administration rejects Walker’s proposed drug testing

President Donald Trump’s administration has rejected Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to require drug screening and testing for adults on Medicaid with no dependent children.

Instead, the plan approved Wednesday calls for applicants to complete a health risk assessment and if there’s a concern about substance abuse they will be referred for treatment. They won’t be kicked off the Medicaid program if they don’t complete the treatment.

Under the changes, childless adults on Medicaid will be eligible for only four years unless they work, train for a job or participate in certain other activities. They will also face new $8 monthly premiums and $8 co-pays for certain emergency room visits.

Many of the changes were included in the state budget approved in 2015.

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