Study: Oklahoma Medicaid Waiver Would Hurt Families

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A proposal by Oklahoma Medicaid officials to implement a work requirement for Medicaid beneficiaries — including very-low-income parents — would be harmful to both children and parents enrolled in the program, a report found. “Helping single mothers — who make up a large part of Medicaid recipients — to find work is a good objective that we would all agree with, but this proposal would not achieve that goal,” Joan Alker, director of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families in Washington, which issued the report along with the Oklahoma Policy Institute (OPI), said on a phone call with reporters. “There are no new resources identified to address barriers to employment that these mothers face, like child care, job training, or transportation.”

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