New Poll Confirms Arkansans’ Support for Work

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Naples, FL — A new poll released today by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) finds that 71 percent of Arkansans support the state’s Medicaid initiative requiring able-bodied, childless adults to work, train, or volunteer at least part-time in order to receive benefits.

Arkansas is one more than a dozen states that have pursued proven work requirements for able-bodied adults on Medicaid and the first to successfully implement the reform. When work requirements have been implemented in other welfare programs, individuals leaving welfare found work in over 600 different industries and more than doubled their incomes, on average.

Nearly 4,400 able-bodied Arkansans have been freed from dependency as a result of the work requirement, and 62 percent of able-bodied adults subject to the requirement are successfully meeting it.

“There’s no denying Arkansans believe in the power of work to help individuals break free from government dependency,” said Tarren Bragdon, President and CEO of FGA. “Arkansas is leading the nation in welfare-to-work initiatives, and Arkansans should be proud of the progress their state is making.”

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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.