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Yarmuth Statement on Trump Administration's Medicaid Work Requirement Announcement

WASHINGTON – Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-03) released the statement below following the release of a new policy guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that will allow states to impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries for the first time in history.

“Today, the Trump administration implemented a new policy that will jeopardize the health care of far too many Americans based on a cynical and insultingly erroneous belief that receiving Medicaid is synonymous with being lazy. The majority of individuals enrolled in Medicaid are the elderly, people with disabilities, children, students, and working families struggling to get ahead. Many others are family members caring for a sick or elderly parent, grandparent, or other family member. Those remaining are largely enrollees who are too sick to work, but do not meet the strict requirements to qualify as disabled or medically frail. They will now have nowhere to turn for health care at all. The fact remains that work requirements do not make it more likely low-income individuals will find employment, but they will result in struggling families becoming poorer and sicker.

“This will be clearly evident in Kentucky, which will soon be the unfortunate poster child of this dangerous policy. It is now expected that Governor Bevin’s misguided Medicaid waiver request, which includes work requirements, will be approved by the Trump Administration. This will be the first waiver of its kind approved in the country, and—by the Governor’s own admission—will take life-saving health care coverage away from more than 90,000 Kentuckians. My only hope is that the chaos caused by this policy and the desperation of the Kentucky families who will soon lose their only access to health coverage will force Governor Bevin to demonstrate some level of compassion and reverse this disgraceful policy.”