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Trump Admin. to Let States Impose Medicaid Work Requirements

by Countable | 1.11.18

What’s the story?

The Trump administration is encouraging states to impose work or job-training requirements on Medicaid recipients as a condition for obtaining health insurance.

Why does it matter?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidelines for states that want certain "able-bodied" adults to work in exchange for health insurance coverage. It would be the first time in the half-century history of the program where such a requirement would be imposed.

CMS Administrator Seema Verma tweeted, "We need to support states and give them more freedom to design innovative programs that get positive results for #Medicaid beneficiaries."

In a follow up tweet, Verma added:

But Suzanne Wikle of the Center for Law and Social Policy told NPR that "access to Medicaid makes it easier for people to look for work and obtain employment." She continued,

"A so-called work requirement does not support work but instead puts a critical support for work at risk."

What do you think?

Will imposing job requirements on Medicaid recipients put "a critical support for work at risk"? Or do we owe them “the opportunity and resources to connect with job skills”? Do you want your state to adopt the work requirement? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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