GOP-Leaning States Line Up to Require Work for Medicaid

Republicans say work and other requirements will return Medicaid to its original intent - to act as a stopgap until people can find work.

Posted: Jan. 13, 2018 10:41 AM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Republicans this past week began to realize their long-held goal of requiring certain adults to work, get job training or perform community service in exchange for getting health coverage through Medicaid.

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Whether that's a commonsense approach or an added burden that will cost many Americans their health insurance will be debated in states across the country.

Republicans say work and other requirements will return Medicaid to its original intent - to act as a stopgap until people can find work.

The Trump administration announced that it will allow states to implement certain requirements as a condition of receiving Medicaid benefits. It will mean states can require many adults on Medicaid to get a job, go to school, take a job-training course or perform community service to continue their eligibility.

Critics say hundreds of thousands of Americans could lose coverage, even if they meet the requirements.

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