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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Rep. Green Statement on Medicaid Work Requirement Guidance from the Trump Administration

January 11, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Gene Green, Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration issuing guidance to states to allow work requirements for Medicaid recipients:

“Work requirements for Medicaid recipients are a cruel and counterproductive policy. The Trump Administration needs to work with Congress to keep Americans healthy and able to work, instead of making it harder for Americans to obtain and keep their health insurance. Terminating Medicaid coverage for someone who does not meet a work requirement will simply make it harder, not easier, to get or keep a job.”

“The lives of more than a million Texans who are enrolled in Medicaid would be impacted by a work requirement. I would also argue that the guidance is a misuse of the 1115 waiver allowed under federal law. 1115 waivers are intended to promote the objectives of the program. A work requirement would clearly be contradictory to that claim.”