Recently the Trump Administration opened the door to serious new restrictions on Medicaid by announcing they would allow and encourage states to impose employment and other “community engagement” requirements on working-age adults. Ten states have already submitted requests to do so, although just one state, Kentucky, has been approved so far.
Oklahoma lawmakers might be tempted to follow suit. They shouldn’t be. Most Medicaid-eligible adults who can work already do, and most of the rest have barriers to employment that a work requirement won’t fix. Restricting Medicaid with a work requirement would create expensive new bureaucracy and prevent Oklahomans from getting important care without paying off in any significant savings for the state.
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