The Trump administration said Thursday it is offering a path for states that want to seek work requirements on Medicaid recipients.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have issued new guidances to allow for individual states like Maine to implement their own work requirements in order for working-age, non-disabled individuals to receive government subsidies through Medicaid.
Congressman Bruce Poliquin applauded the decision.
“The goal of our federal welfare programs should be to give individuals the opportunities they need to succeed and become self-supporting and independent,” said Congressman Poliquin. “Individual states like Maine, each with their own unique communities, know best how to administer their welfare programs and how best to serve the interests of their own citizens. I believe this new guidance from CMS is an important step in getting more working-age, non-disabled individuals out of the trap of government dependency and in giving them a better opportunity to succeed.”
Governor Paul LePage also hailed the decision.
“Most people have something to contribute to their community through either work or volunteering, and people who can contribute should do so,” said Governor LePage. “Although the details on Maine’s waiver request still must be worked out, this decision by CMS is a critical first step. Under our proposal, people who receive Medicaid and are able bodied will need to work, be training for a new career, or volunteer. We want to see the same successes that Maine’s TANF beneficiaries have realized. These work-oriented activities end isolation, build relationships, improve quality of life and help move our economy forward.”
The Trump administration says any work requirements would only apply to "able-bodied" adults, with exemptions for children, the elderly and people with disabilities.