Naples, FL – Today, the Trump administration approved New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu’s request to implement work requirements for the state’s Medicaid expansion, making New Hampshire the fourth state to win approval for this commonsense reform that will help individuals move from welfare to work.
Under the waiver, initially requested in November 2017, able-bodied adults on Medicaid will now be required to work, train, or volunteer on a part-time basis as a condition of eligibility. Research shows that work requirements in other welfare programs led to more employment, higher incomes, and less time on welfare when implemented.
New Hampshire currently has nearly 52,000 able-bodied adults enrolled in its Medicaid expansion, 58 percent of whom have no earned income. Since expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare, more able-bodied adults in the state have signed up for the program than ever expected, resulting in more than $168 million in cost overruns that have threatened resources for the truly needy and critical services.
“Thanks to the efforts of the Sununu administration, able-bodied adults on Medicaid in New Hampshire will be able to experience the power of work. This waiver will preserve resources to help the truly needy and fund other state priorities, including education, infrastructure, and public safety,” said Tarren Bragdon, CEO and President of FGA. “New Hampshire’s adoption of this commonsense reform will help lift thousands of able-bodied adults out of dependency and into self-sufficiency.”
The Foundation for Government Accountability is a non–profit, multi–state think tank that specializes in health care, welfare, and work reform. To learn more, visit TheFGA.org.