Mississippi Medicaid work requirement: twisting arms or giving a leg-up?

April 12, 2018, The Clarion-Ledger, Anna Wolfe- Roy Mitchell, director of the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program, explained a catch-22 these beneficiaries will face if they try to meet the 20-hour-a-week work requirement. At minimum wage, a person working 20 hours a week would make $580, disqualifying him or her from Medicaid. “(Medicaid recipients) are not being forced to have a job 20 hours a week or be removed from the rolls,” Snyder said. There are other ways to satisfy the job training requirement outlined in the application, including volunteer work, engaging with the Office of Employment Security or participating in alcohol or drug abuse treatment programs. “At times, it seems they (the Georgetown report authors) didn’t read, or at least glossed over, the entire application,” Snyder said. Snyder said the report’s authors alluded that the program’s goal is to “kick people off” the Medicaid rolls. “That’s absolutely wrong.

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