GOP Proposes Work Requirement for State Public Health Care

GOP Proposes Work Requirement for State Public Health Care Photo: KSTP-TV

March 12, 2018 04:15 PM

Minnesota Republicans will push to impose a work requirement for the state's health care program for those in poverty.

A group of House and Senate Republicans introduced a bill Monday that would require Medical Assistance enrollees to work at least 80 hours a month, seek employment or enroll in job training programs. It exempts many at-home parents as well as people living with disabilities.

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Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt says its meant to control growing costs of public programs while encouraging more Minnesotans to enter the workforce.

But Democrats say it's a misguided effort. Rep. Jennifer Schultz says it's "cruel" legislation that will increase the state's uninsured rate.
Medical Assistance is Minnesota's name for Medicaid. A single, childless adult on Medical Assistance makes roughly $16,000 or less annually.

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