Working for Benefits.


The Trump administration began approving state requests this year to require adult Medicaid recipients to work, with exceptions for pregnant women and people who are elderly or have a disability. Others may receive a pass if they are engaged in community service or caregiving, school, job training or treatment for substance abuse. According to proponents, the requirement will reduce program costs and improve recipients' health and well-being.

Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky and New Hampshire, as of Aug. 29, have received approval for the Section 1115 waiver to look at instituting a work requirement as a condition of receiving Medicaid.

The potential impact of these policies to states and enrollees is unknown. But critics say these new rules are...

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