Friday, May 26, 2023

Medicaid Work Requirements Would Do Little or Nothing to Increase Employment, but Would Harm People’s Health

From the Urban Institute

A recent bill passed by the US House of Representatives to raise the debt ceiling would compel states to implement Medicaid work requirements. Courts have repeatedly held (PDF) work requirements to be inconsistent with Medicaid’s purpose, which is to provide medical assistance.

Under these requirements, many adults receiving Medicaid would have to work or perform other community engagement activities for at least 80 hours per month to maintain their coverage. The bill would also expand existing work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for so-called able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) by raising the age of exemption from age 50 to 56. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has argued that the measure would “help lift millions of Americans out of poverty,” but the available evidence contradicts this statement and demonstrates a range of negative effects.

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