Work is the best way to increase incomes and reduce government dependency. However, millions of individuals on Medicaid aren’t working–nearly 28 million able-bodied adults are now dependent on the program, 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.
It’s time to expand work requirements to Medicaid. Work requirements have proven to be an effective way to lift people from the trap of dependency and increase incomes in other welfare programs, and have the power to do the same for those trapped on Medicaid.