Skip to comments.Medicaid work requirements are helping, and this state shows it ( Arkansas )
Posted on 12/03/2018 11:30:56 AM PST by george76
A group of Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries is suing the federal government. They claim the Trump administration's decision to allow Arkansas to impose work requirements on all able-bodied adult Medicaid recipients restricts their access to healthcare.
That's nonsense. The requirement that able-bodied adult recipients spend 80 hours a month working, training for a job, searching for a job, attending school, or volunteering is hardly burdensome. It's entirely reasonable to ask able-bodied welfare recipients to show some initiative and help themselves.
Medicaid was intended as a safety net program for the nation's indigent poor, who have nothing to fear from the work requirement. The vast majority of Medicaid recipients in Arkansas, such as those who are "medically frail, pregnant, or face short-term incapacitation or are caring for an incapacitated person," aren't even subject to the requirement. It impacts fewer than 30 percent of recipients.
Most of the people affected have sought out employment opportunities, just as officials intended when they rolled out the requirement in June. According to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, by mid-September more than 1,000 individuals found jobs. As of October, about three-quarters of Medicaid recipients subject to the requirements met them.
Those that are unwilling to join the workforce shouldn't receive taxpayer-funded handouts. Work requirements ensure that only those who truly need government assistance receive it.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...
I bet if these whiners had to spend 20 hour a week picking up trash in the slums to get their welfare and Medicaid they would soon have paying jobs and would be off welfare.
Work interferes with the ability to be on the street corner ready for your drug customers.
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