Medicaid work requirements: Where do they stand after the blue wave?
The 2018 midterm elections have dealt a significant setback to President Trump’s agenda in the legislative arena. However, there are still many ways for the Trump administration to keep swinging away at the Affordable Care Act. One particularly effective unilateral instrument is the regulatory process – that is, the implementation of statutory law by executive agencies. This may prove particularly consequential for Medicaid, the health coverage program for those with low incomes or disabilities. One particular area of attention for scholars like me is so-called community engagement or work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries. These mandates generally require beneficiaries to conduct work-related activities or lose coverage. While still in litigation, the Trump administration has indicated its strong commitment to moving forward with these efforts. Helping individuals leave poverty is a worthwhile cause. Work for coverage: What the evidence from welfare reform tells us
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