Idaho Medicaid work requirements proposed

Idaho Statesman: Legislation introduced Tuesday in Idaho would require “able-bodied” adults on the state’s Medicaid program to hold jobs.

Kentucky was the first state to get federal approval to impose work requirements as a condition of getting Medicaid coverage, after the Trump administration in January signaled it would consider such waivers. Several other states, including Utah, have applied for approval to add work requirements.

The work requirements tend to be more broad than just “working.” Medicaid patients could also qualify if they’re searching for a job or in a job-training program.

It’s rare for “able-bodied” adults to be allowed on Medicaid in Idaho. The state restricts the health insurance program to children in poor families, people with disabilities, poor seniors and select patients, such as those with breast or cervical cancer.

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