Idaho Senate Passes Medicaid Work-Requirements Bill

April 3, 2019, 1:03 PM

Recipients of Idaho Medicaid’s newly-expanded benefits would have to adhere to work requirements or make co-payments under a bill that passed the Idaho Senate April 2. But they won’t be thrown out of the program for failing to work.

The bill’s language is carefully crafted to avoid running afoul of March 28 federal court rulings that Trump administration waivers of Medicaid law allowing the imposition of work requirements are unlawful.

Proponents of Idaho’s SB 1204 hope that since the penalty for non-compliance is co-pays rather than being disqualified from receiving Medicaid, the work requirements would survive a legal challenge of ...

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