Classified ads Three states–New Hampshire, Arkansas and Kentucky–have active lawsuits challenging work requirements for Medicaid. (Photo: Shutterstock)

As more states gear up to impose work requirements (15 states thus far have applied, with waivers approved and implemented in Arkansas, Indiana and New Hampshire; approved but not implemented in Arizona, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio; and pending in Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and Utah) and resistance grows against them, new data suggests the requirements aren’t very effective.

In fact, despite assertions to the contrary by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reports that not only have individuals kicked off Medicaid because of unsatisfied work requirements not gotten health care coverage through a new employer, they haven’t been able to find jobs either.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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