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Kentucky passes work requirements for Medicaid

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  1. carpro

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    Kentucky Became the First State to Implement Work Requirements for Medicaid - Breitbart


    Kentucky became the first state to implement work requirements for able-bodied adults after the Donald Trump administration approved their waiver.
    Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said on Friday,

    With federal approval of our Medicaid waiver, Kentucky will lead the nation in constructive changes to Medicaid. This marks the first significant change to a federal entitlement program in more than 20 years. The result will be a transformational improvement in the overall health of our people and will provide a model for other states to follow.

    Aides to Gov. Bevin estimated that roughly half of 350,000 Kentucky Medicaid recipients already meet the new Medicaid requirements to work at least 80 hours per month, volunteer, or commit to job training. Under the waiver, Kentucky Medicaid recipients will have to submit documentation proving that they comply with the Medicaid work rules.

    The Kentucky government suggested that with the Medicaid work requirements, they will save roughly $2 billion federal and state dollars over the next five years.

    The Medicaid work requirements would only apply to able-bodied working age adults; Americans with disabilities, older Americans, children, and pregnant women would not have to comply with potential Medicaid work stipulations.
     
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    I think it is a good idea. Sometimes people who can't get an interview get a job by showing up everyday to pay off their debt to food stamps, or in this case Medicaid. I hope that Indiana follows Kentucky's good example. Work is good medicine, no?
     
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    Hope it works.
     
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  4. Salty

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    Why just "Able bodied" Even the disabled are able to work -
     
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    I would say it's cheaper than having to provide transportation and make other special accommodations for one's particular disability.
     
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    Just spitballing, but for 20+ years, I've used Skilcraft pens that the federal government madates are made by the blind. And I'm sure Salty has, too. I suppose a state could do something similar.
     
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    Good idea, Kentucky.

    Hmmm...

    2018’s challenge: Too many jobs, not enough workers

    Employers nationwide are grappling with a problem that threatens to stall economic growth: vacancies — and lots of them.

    The U.S. unemployment rate continues to sink, hitting a 17-year low in November (4.1 percent), and job seekers are finding work more easily than at any time since the mid-90s. Openings in the United States have now topped roughly 6 million for five months in a row, a record streak, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Sent from my Pixel 2 XL
     
  8. Salty

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    So there should be no problem in welfare recipients to find work - able bodied or otherwise.

    I will mention this - some do not want to work- because if they do then they loose all medicaid, food stamps - ect. if that is the case - then reduction should be gradual - say loose $1 for every $5 made.
     
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    You lost me at "federal government mandates..."
     
  10. Rob_BW

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    The federal government mandates that the federal government buys certain items from businesses employing the disabled, primarily the blind.

    My employer, the Department of Defense, has to buy pens and mop handles from someone. Might as well help the disabled find meaningful work in the process.

    Private citizens and businesses can buy pens and mop handles wherever they'd like.
     
  11. Salty

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    and if I remember correctly, the DOD bought GI mattress made at the Atlanta Federal Prison
     
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