On Jan. 11, the Trump administration’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new guidance to state Medicaid directors permitting them to create work/community engagement requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients. Federal officials have never previously allowed states to enact work requirements for Medicaid, a program intended to act as a health insurance safety net for the neediest Americans.
Work requirements are an essential tool all states should utilize. They have been proven to help impoverished families move from dependency to self-sufficiency and guarantee Medicaid programs have enough money to cover the costs of those children, disabled, and sick Americans who desperately need access to health insurance but don’t have the ability to pay for it themselves.
Unfortunately, many liberal pundits and Democrats are using the Trump administration’s common-sense policy enhancement as an opportunity to spread numerous myths about Medicaid reform and hurl completely false allegations about those who want to implement improvements to welfare programs. Below are some of those myths, along with the truth about work requirements and their tremendous value.