Gov. Reynold considering work requirement for Medicaid

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Iowa Governor considering work requirement for medicaid

Iowa’s governor is leaving the door open on Medicaid work requirements Tuesday night.

Governor Kim Reynolds told reporters at the state capitol Tuesday that she still plans to take a look at requiring certain Medicaid recipients to work as a condition of health care coverage.

Reynolds wouldn’t give a timetable, saying she’s focused right now on a proposal to spend $18-million on worker training programs over the next couple of years.

When asked about work rules for able-bodied Medicaid recipients, Gov. Reynolds said, “That’s something we can look at down the road. There’s almost two separate issues that are working toward the same goal. And I’m focused on the future-ready initiative right now. Because in a sense, I can help really provide the opportunity, the support system, work across the state with the employer innovation fund.” 

The Trump administration announced recently that it will let states like Iowa implement certain requirements as a condition of receiving Medicaid benefits.

Those could involve making Medicaid enrolees find work, attend school or perform community service.

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