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FGA Commends Tennessee Leadership for Promoting Work in Medicaid

Naples, FL – The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) applauds Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and the Tennessee General Assembly for pursuing commonsense Medicaid work requirements.

Under the newly-signed legislation, able-bodied adults on Medicaid will be required to work, train, or volunteer at least part-time as a condition of eligibility. This follows prior guidance from the Trump administration outlining how states can apply work requirements in the Medicaid program and builds on successful reforms adopted by Gov. Haslam earlier this year to implement work requirements in the state’s food stamp program.

When implemented in other welfare programs, work requirements helped move individuals from welfare to work in more than 600 different industries, where their incomes more than doubled.

“Work requirements empower individuals to lift themselves out of dependency and help protect resources for the truly needy,” said Tarren Bragdon, CEO and President of FGA. “We applaud Gov. Haslam, Speaker Harwell, Rep. Howell, Sen. Roberts, and members of the Tennessee General Assembly for their commitment to move able-bodied adults from the dependence of welfare to a life of 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


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