New Article on Proposed Medicaid Work Requirements

Posted by Urban Institute on May 30, 2023

Medicaid Work Requirements Would Do Little or Nothing to Increase Employment, but Would Harm People’s Health
[posted from Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity]

In a recent article from the Urban Institute, Michael Karpman, principal research associate, discusses a recent bill passed by the US House of Representatives that would compel states to implement Medicaid work requirements. Under the new requirements, many adults receiving Medicaid would have to work or perform other community engagement activities for at least 80 hours per month to maintain their coverage. Karpman says that past studies have found that requirements have had limited or no effect on helping people with low incomes secure employment. Even if work requirements were successful, they would not produce significant employment gains because most nondisabled, working-age participants in Medicaid and SNAP are already employed or would likely be exempt.


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