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State Considers Impact Of New Medicaid Work Requirements

Mar 21, 2019

Statehouse Medicaid expansion rally, April 2013
Credit Ohio Public Radio

As of last Friday, the state has federal permission to require 20 hours of work per week for many non-disabled people on Medicaid.

The state’s Medicaid director has put a number on how many people might be affected – and how much it might cost to put those requirements in place.  Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

Work requirements will be imposed on people in Medicaid expansion who are under 50, aren’t caregivers, and aren’t in college or job training. 41 percent of the 613,000 Medicaid expansion recipients are working. Slightly less than that are exempt. And Medicaid director Maureen Corcoran says 18 percent – just over 109,000 people – will have to be assessed to see if they need to work more or are exempt.

“While many individuals in the expansion group work, more can be done to encourage employment and community engagement efforts.”

Medicaid expansion advocates have raised concerns about administrative costs of enforcing work requirements. Corcoran says it’s estimated they will total $28 million over the two-year budget.