Work is the best way to increase incomes and reduce government dependency. However, millions of able-bodied adults are now dependent on Medicaid—and the majority of them aren’t working. The number of able-bodied adults dependent on Medicaid has quadrupled since 2000, and as enrollment continues to skyrocket, so does the financial burden. Increased enrollment has led to spending surges, straining state budgets, threatening resources for the truly needy, and leaving taxpayers on the hook with no end in sight.
But states are now bringing the power of work to Medicaid. Fourteen states have implemented commonsense Medicaid work requirements or are waiting for federal approval, and more are in the process. Work requirements have proven to be an effective way to lift people from dependency and increase incomes in other welfare programs and have the power to do the same for those trapped on Medicaid.