KY leads country with get-a-job Medicaid requirement

Monday, January 29, 2018
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Medicaid Screen GrabKentucky's decision to impose a work requirement for Medicaid may be the tip of the get-a-job iceberg. 

The announcement from Gov. Matt Bevin (pictured below) comes after the Trump administration announced it would allow states to require "able-bodied" Medicaid recipients to work.

Kentucky becomes the first state to receive approval from the Feds for such a requirement and more states are expected to follow in coming months, says research director Nicholas Horton of the Foundation for Government Accountability.

"There are almost half-a-dozen more states now - and I think it's really just the tip of the iceberg - that are now announcing their intention to move forward with Medicaid work requirements," he tells OneNewsNow.

"South Carolina, South Dakota, Iowa, even the Democratic governor of Louisiana, who expanded Medicaid," he says, "he's now even saying, We're going to do some form of Medicaid work requirements to try to help people get out of the program, back on their feet."

KY Gov. Bevin and Lt. Gov. HamptonMedicaid recipients, meanwhile, have filed suit against the Trump administration to block new work requirements.

By the end of 2018, Horton predicts that 25 to 30 states will be moving forward with Medicaid work requirements.

"It's the biggest welfare program out there that hasn't had work requirements," he says of Medicaid, "and I think it's very encouraging to see that states are now moving in that direction, thanks to the leadership of the Trump administration."

Some liberal organizations and Democrats are predictably unhappy with the approach, claiming that people will lose coverage or be discouraged from applying for insurance coverage.

Responding to those claims, Horton says the "Far Left" is showing its hand.

"When you look at the polling and where the public stands on Medicaid work requirements," he says, "you're talking about even a majority of Democrats that support common sense Medicaid requirements."

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