by Countable | 1.11.18
The Trump administration is encouraging states to impose work or job-training requirements on Medicaid recipients as a condition for obtaining health insurance.
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.
In a follow up tweet, Verma added:
We owe beneficiaries more than a #Medicaid card; we owe them the opportunity and resources to connect with job skills, training and employment so they can rise out of poverty.— CMS Administrator (@SeemaCMS) January 11, 2018
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."
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.
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