GOP senator calls for mandatory Medicaid work requirements

May 10, 2018, The Hill, Nathaniel Weixel- Republican Sen. John Kennedy (La.) on Thursday said Medicaid work requirements should be mandatory for states, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should take the lead to make it happen. During a hearing on the HHS budget, Kennedy said many Medicaid beneficiaries who aren’t working “would like to know the dignity of work” noting he would like to see HHS work with Congress to put together a program that would institute a mandatory requirement that Medicaid beneficiaries work 20 hours a week. “I appreciate that [the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] is willing to grant waivers, but why don’t we take the next step?” Kennedy said, adding separately that “it’s not going to be optional for governors.”

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