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The Prospect of a Medicaid Work Requirement

Over the past three years a dozen states have proposed establishing a work requirement for eligibility for their Medicaid programs and in its proposed FY 2018, the Trump administration has called for extending the ability to impose such a requirement to all states.

But how would a Medicaid work requirement work?  To whom would it apply and what kinds of work might satisfy such a requirement for the approximately 22 million Medicaid recipients (out of 76 million total recipients) to whom it might apply?

Work requirements would have significant implications for the patients and communities that Pennsylvania safety-net hospitals serve, and possibly for the hospitals as well.

A new Commonwealth Fund report looks at these and other issues.  Go here to find the article “What Might a Medicaid Work Requirement Mean?”

Filed in Federal Medicaid issues.

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