The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, a Richmond-based, nonpartisan research organization, estimates that thousands of Virginians would lose coverage if the state successfully implements a work requirement as part of Medicaid expansion.
The General Assembly passed Medicaid expansion during its last session after four years of failed attempts. To earn Republican support, the legislature added a work requirement to the deal.
Now Virginia has to figure out how to get 400,000 additional residents registered for benefits while establishing the process connected to the work requirement. Kentucky’s version of a Medicaid work requirement was recently struck down by a federal judge.
“There is not enough funding to provide any assistance for low-income individuals to find a job and people would simply lose health coverage if they were unable to keep up with the paperwork or could not work at least 80 hours per month,” the institute wrote in its report.
Read the full report here.
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