Jan 11, 2018

Freedom Partners: New Medicaid Work Requirements Will Help the Least Fortunate and Most Vulnerable

Post by Freedom Partners

Arlington, VA – Freedom Partners, a non-profit, non-partisan chamber of commerce that promotes the benefits of free markets and a free society, issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s decision to allow states to impose work requirements to able-bodied adults looking to receive Medicaid benefits.

The administration’s decision comes in response to ten states, including: Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Utah and Wisconsin, that are awaiting permission from the federal government to impose work requirements on able-bodied adults enrolled in Medicaid. According to reports, three other states are also contemplating imposing similar requirements for some Medicaid recipients.

Freedom Partners executive vice president Nathan Nascimento issued the following statement:

“The administration is right to allow states to prioritize precious state dollars to those who truly need the help, including the elderly, the disabled and expecting mothers. Without this flexibility, overcrowding, low reimbursement rates and escalating costs are forcing some states to reduce benefits for the most vulnerable to pay for the expansion to those who aren’t truly in need. This smart and sensible reform will preserve the safety net for those who need it the most while also helping able-bodied adults pursue the dignity and self-worth that comes with work and employment. This should be the goal of any responsible social safety net, and we commend the administration for taking an important step towards that end.”

Freedom Partners also encourages the administration to allow states the flexibility to implement their own custom work requirements, which will help them better focus resources on those truly in need, while providing a pathway to success for able-bodied adults. Work requirements are a proven and effective way of helping people get back on their feet and we encourage states to embrace them.