It’s a tagline from politicians that we’ve heard before for the Welfare program – and now they have their eyes set on Medicaid. If you are able bodied to work and you want Medicaid, you better find employment or be in a work training program.
Health and Human Service Secretary Tom Price recently notified governors that the federal government will approve state waivers to the Medicaid program for “meritorious” programs – basically prioritizing beneficiaries who have jobs. The now stalled House GOP health care bill also would allow individual states to have a work requirement for adults applying for Medicaid.
The problem with this thinking is that the majority of Medicaid recipients are already employed. Nearly 60% of Medicaid beneficiaries work either full or part time. Why are they uninsured you ask? For most of them – their employers do not offer health insurance. The other 40% who aren’t working report reasons such as illnesses, caring for a family member, going to school, or disability.