State Senate introduces bill to add work requirements to Medicaid

Mar 8, 2018

Some lawmakers in Lansing want people to work to get Medicaid. The Senate introduced a bill Thursday. It would add work requirements to the Medical Assistance Program, or Medicaid.

Medicaid is a federal program that gives low-income people – along with children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with disabilities - health insurance.

If passed, able-bodied adults would be required to work or continue school for 30 hours per week as a condition of receiving medical assistance.

There’s a similar bill in the state House. It’s been waiting for a committee hearing since December.

Opponents say there shouldn’t be more restrictions on health care – which they say is a human right.