Naples, FL – The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) applauds South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard for announcing work requirements for able-bodied adults on Medicaid.
Work requirements are a proven way to reduce dependency, increase incomes, and free up resources for the truly needy. Shortly after the governor announced his plan during his State of the State address, the Trump administration issued new guidance outlining how states can implement these requirements in Medicaid.
Under the guidance, states can require able-bodied adults to work, train, or volunteer 20 as a condition for eligibility.
After work requirements were implemented in other welfare programs, those affected went back to work in more than 600 different industries and incomes more than doubled on average. Gov. Daugaard’s efforts will help promote work over dependence while freeing up resources for the truly needy and other budget priorities.
“We know that work provides the best pathway out of government dependency and into self-sufficiency. Gov. Daugaard’s efforts will help empower individuals to free themselves from the welfare trap while preserving resources for the truly needy,” said said Tarren Bragdon, CEO and President of FGA. “His administration has shown a commitment to moving people out of welfare and into work, and those efforts should be applauded.”
The Foundation for Government Accountability is a non-profit, multi-state think tank that specializes in health care, welfare, and regulatory reform. To learn more, visit TheFGA.org.