On Medicaid, student debt, conservation and a Senate opening

Statehouse Report

By: Lindsay Street

Work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries could cause some of the state’s poorest parents to lose health coverage, according to a new analysis by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center. The state is seeking a waiver from the U.S. Department on Health and Human Service’s Centers on Medicare & Medicaid Services to enact the requirements. The analysis said that among the 180,000 beneficiaries targeted by the state work-requirements proposal, 85 percent are mothers and 46 percent are not in the workforce.  Meanwhile, 22 percent describe themselves as unemployed. The analysis also warned the waiver would worsen economic prospects for South Carolina’s most fragile families

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