St. Paul, Minn.— Today House and Senate Republican leaders announced a costly and complex work requirement for Minnesotans who are Medicaid recipients. State Senator Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) shared his frustration with this proposal saying the proposal is “heartless and misguided”.
“It’s hard to know where to start, in explaining my opposition to this cruel requirement,” Hayden said. “The significant cost to taxpayers to implement the oversight of these proposed requirements, the reality that this will be yet another burdensome requirement that will prevent low-income families from accessing the health care they need, the certainty that this will increase our un-insured population and increase costly emergency room visits—should be reason-enough to oppose this bill.”
“This is a nakedly political attack on low-income Minnesotans and defies Minnesota values,” Hayden said. “We know that Minnesotans on Medicaid who do not work have real barriers to long term employment. People disqualified from Medicaid under this draconian proposal could include veterans outside the Veterans Affairs system that do not have a diagnosed disability, those with a health condition, and people with certain diagnosed disabilities.”