Is pandemic time the right time to make Medicaid recipients look for jobs?

Montana Free Press

By: Katheryn Houghton

In 2019, Montana lawmakers passed Medicaid expansion, building in new work and “community engagement” requirements for eligibility. Those requirements were scheduled to go into effect this summer. In the interim, a pandemic has upended both the statewide economy and the employment status and prospects of thousands of Montanans…. Joan Alker, a research professor at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy, said Medicaid work requirements in other states have shown the rules don’t promote higher employment, but do cut people from coverage. She said even people who meet the requirements can still lose coverage because of reporting hoops.

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