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COUNTERPOINT: Should Medicaid Recipients Have to Work for Benefits?
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COUNTERPOINT: Should Medicaid Recipients Have to Work for Benefits?

Author Madeline Twomey discusses why imposing "work requirements" on Medicaid recipients creates a dangerous barrier to health care

At the beginning of 2018, the Trump administration announced that it would allow states to impose so-called work requirements on Medicaid recipients, issuing guidance on how state officials can utilize federal waivers to incentivize “work and community engagement activities.” These activities typically include employment, volunteering, or enrollment in educational programs.

Although this type of reform may sound reasonable, imposing these restrictions are costly and actually threaten to increase the number of uninsured people and impose strict barriers to health care for the people already struggling to make ends meet.

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Madeline Twomey

Research Assistant