In a letter to the state, the acting head of the
"Early experience with the community engagement requirement in
As a practical matter, the work requirements, which were approved by the state Legislature in early 2018 and granted a waiver under President
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The plan called for requiring certain able-bodied adults between the ages of 19 and 62 with income above the federal poverty level to report at least 80 hours of work or training activities a month. Anyone who failed to report for three months in a 12-month period could lose their coverage until they proved they were in compliance.
The requirement didn't apply to people on traditional Medicaid, people who were pregnant, disabled individuals, caretakers of children under 6 or anyone deemed "medically frail." Critics said it could result in thousands of people losing coverage through no fault of their own, in some cases simply because they might not have the means to report or understand that they had to do so.
Supporters argued that the program was a reasonable way to encourage people to move back into work.
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