Florida lawmakers are considering requiring an estimated 500,000 Medicaid beneficiaries to work or show they are trying to get jobs to keep their health-care benefits, despite recent court rulings that have struck down similar requirements.
The proposed work requirement would hit low-income adults who have children.
“The true intent of this bill really is good at heart. It’s just to make sure that the individuals who are able to work, that are able to get back to our society, are doing so if they are receiving government benefits,” Perez said.
But Joan Alker, executive director of the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University, disagreed.
“If this bill becomes law, it would be the harshest (and that is saying something!) that I have seen so far — with no parent excluded unless they have a newborn under 3 months old,” Alker wrote in her blog, describing the bill.
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