Medicaid Work Requirements: Harm to Women
Mother’s Day made me think about how Medicaid is a critical source of health coverage for women. But coverage for many women in West Virginia – and across the country - is at risk due to recent actions by President Trump and his administration. A new federal Medicaid guidance for the first time allows states to take away Medicaid coverage from people who do not work a certain number of hours each week. This work requirement can be imposed on adult Medicaid enrollees up to age 65, and to many women who care for children or older family members at home. A new Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Policy Brief explains more, and a West Virginians for Affordable Health Care Frequently Asked Questions Fact Sheet provides insight into why a Medicaid work requirement is not necessary in our state and will result in more uninsured West Virginians.