Health Advocates Question Cost of Proposed Medicaid Work Plan

Mississippi Public Broadcasting

By: Desare Frazier

As Mississippi’s Division of Medicaid waits for a decision on it’s work requirement application, health advocates wonder what the projected cost will be to the state. Mississippi State Division of Medicaid’s application for a work requirement would mean recipients would have to work 20 hours per week to keep healthcare coverage.  People could also participate in workforce training or do community service. But, for those who work, some will earn too much money to qualify for benefits. Georgetown University Researcher Joan Alker says the most vulnerable will be impacted. “That means the only adults that you have that would be subject to this new requirement would be mothers primarily, very low-income parents. Those are the only adults, unless you’re disabled, that can get Medicaid in Mississippi,” said Alker.

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