Medicaid work requirements are counterproductive

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Advocates held a press conference this week to raise awareness of a Republican plan to require some Medicaid recipients to participate in work activities in order to receive health care. This change could potentially cut off health care coverage for thousands of Minnesotans who cannot work or find a job. Adding new barriers to health care for low-income people is short-sighted and counterproductive. The majority of people of Medicaid who are able to work do so. Those who do not work face substantial barriers to finding and keeping a job. Implementing new eligibility hurdles to access health care is inconsistent with the promise of Medicaid. DFLers stand against these new requirements in Medicaid that hurt Minnesotans’ ability to lead healthy lives.