GOP lawmakers want work requirement for low-income Medicaid recipients in Montana

October 9, 2018

Nearly 70 Republican state lawmakers want Montana to have a work requirement for people who qualify for Medicaid under its expanded program.

Earlier this year, at the urging of the White House, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid issued guidance that would let states apply for waivers that require people to work to be eligible for Medicaid coverage.

The Trump administration and some conservatives have long advocated for Medicaid work requirements, saying "able-bodied" people should be working for the benefits they receive. Opponents argue it will take away health care coverage, which is often a step toward steady employment, from people who need it most.