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Trump to Allow States to Require Medicaid Beneficiaries to Work

I wonder what all the #NeverTrump conservatives must be thinking. This is turning out to be the most conservative administration since Ronald Reagan. Or maybe Calvin Coolidge.

From Fox News:

The Trump administration announced Thursday that it will open the door for states to impose work requirements for Medicaid recipients, in a major shift that could affect millions of low-income people receiving benefits.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services described the decision as a response to requests from states to test work requirement programs.

The test programs, according to CMS, could make work, “skills training, education, job search, volunteering or caregiving” a requirement for Medicaid for “able-bodied, working-age adults.” It would not apply to those getting benefits due to a “disability, elderly beneficiaries, children, and pregnant women.”

A letter sent to state Medicaid directors Thursday said the move would help “improve Medicaid enrollee health and well-being through incentivizing work and community engagement.”

There will of course be court challenges to this based on the premise the health care is a fundamental “right.”

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3 Responses to Trump to Allow States to Require Medicaid Beneficiaries to Work

  1. My advice- leave it alone. We can all visualize the headlines in the MSM – he hates poor people, people of color, the infirm, whatever.
    In practical terms, what jobs can a high school dropout, a illegal alien who can’t speak English, a repeat criminal offender, a resident of our many Native American reservations, big city dwellers, deep rural residents, and so on, expect to find within a reasonable area with their abilities?
    Let it go. Choose another fight.

    • Having worked in a Medicaid insurance claims job…Go for it! Many many of these leeches are perfectly able to work. I take great offense that those on Medicaid & all other benefits are perfectly able to take their quads out on a Tuesday, (while other able bodied persons are working their 8-10 hours) crash and need airlifted to hospitals. This is bs and it needs fixed. If they can move about, they can certainly work.

  2. Fox Business interviewed the governor of Maine. He reported they have a successful work program. He also said there should be a safety net for the children, elderly, and those physically unable.

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