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BAKER OPPOSES WORK REQUIREMENT FOR MEDICAID RECIPIENTS

By Michael P. Norton
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

JAN. 11, 2018....Gov. Charlie Baker is not on board with the wave of states interested in imposing work requirements on certain Medicaid recipients.

The federal government issued guidance Thursday enabling states to pursue a requirement that able-bodied, working age, adult Medicaid recipients work or participate in "community engagement activities" in order to continue receiving health insurance benefits.

"The guidance was just released and we will assess accordingly as we do with any guidance, however the administration does not support applying work requirements to the MassHealth program," Baker spokesman Brendan Moss said in a statement to the News Service. He added, "The Baker-Polito Administration is proud that Massachusetts remains a national leader in access to health care."


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