The Bulletin

Report: Virginia’s Medicaid work requirement could mean thousands lose coverage

By: - July 26, 2018 5:11 pm

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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Mechelle Hankerson
Mechelle Hankerson

Mechelle, born and raised in Virginia Beach, is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in mass communications and a concentration in print journalism. She covered the General Assembly for the university’s Capital News Service and was among 12 student journalists in swing states selected by the Washington Post to cover the 2012 presidential election. For the past five years, she has covered local government, crime, housing, infrastructure and other issues at the Raleigh News & Observer and The Virginian-Pilot, where she most recently covered the state’s biggest city, Virginia Beach. Mechelle was with the Virginia Mercury until January 3rd, 2019.