Earlier this week, state governors were notified that they would now be allowed to impose work requirements for people to receive Medicaid. The work requirements can include active job training, volunteering or caring for a close relative who requires constant care.
Under the Obama administration, ten states had applied for waivers to allow them to impose work requirements for Medicaid because they cannot afford the huge cost of supporting lazy people, but they were all denied.
Kentucky was one of those states that had applied for a waiver. Once they were informed of the new policy, Kentucky became the first state to impose new work requirements for people receiving Medicaid.
(Washington Post) – A day after the Trump administration announced it would allow states to require poor people to work or get ready for jobs to receive Medicaid benefits, federal health officials on Friday granted Kentucky permission to impose such conditions.
Becoming the first-in-the-nation state to move forward with the profound change in the safety-net insurance program is a victory for Kentucky’s Republican governor, Matt Bevin, who during his 2015 campaign vowed to reverse the strong embrace of the Affordable Care Act by his Democratic predecessor.
Bevin first pledged to undo his state’s expansion of Medicaid, which had helped the ranks of uninsured Kentuckians dwindle more than in almost any other state. But shortly after taking office, he pivoted to the idea of keep the additional people in the program with strings attached that the federal government has never permitted in Medicaid’s half-century history…
Living in Kentucky, I’ve seen many people who are perfectly capable of working, but aren’t. They are enjoying the leisurely lifestyle while living off the generosity of us taxpayers. Under the new Medicaid requirements, many of them will be forced to get a job, and it’s about time, too. I work hard for my money and am tired of paying for the laziness of others.