Virginia’s House of Delegates passed a bill today (2/13) that would add a work requirement for Medicaid recipients.
Pregnant women, children, seniors, those with disabilities, serious mental illness, and students would all be exempt from the work requirement. Everyone else would be required to complete escalated hours of work-related activities – things like job skills training, and job searches - starting at five hours a week and increasing to 20 hours a week after the first year.
Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox says the ultimate goal is work. “You don’t want a program by which you fill out an application at two or three places with no real intention to go to work, so the actual work piece is the key.”
Virginia’s Medicaid agency says there’s no evidence-based program that shows adding a work requirement will lead to more people working.
The bill is now headed to the Senate.