Work re­quire­ments for Med­i­caid waiver en­rollees sound dra­co­nian

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the re­cent ar­ti­cle “Ken­tucky seeks stricter work re­quire­ments for Med­i­caid en­rollees” (ModernHealth, July 5), while I agree it’s log­i­cal that ev­ery­one should pay their fair share, this is dra­co­nian. Well-paid lawyers, lob­by­ists and leg­is­la­tors are act­ing as though they un­der­stand the of­ten dif­fi­cult lives of Med­i­caid re­cip­i­ents. It’s pretty sad where we’re headed. I’m not the big­gest fan of my tax dol­lars be­ing lost, but I am fine with low-in­come folks hav­ing ac­cess to care. You can’t ex­pect them to work if they can’t de­feat an un­ex­pected mal­ady.

The penalty for a gap in cov­er­age is ridicu­lously flawed logic. I just ended a ter­ri­bly long un­em­ployed stretch af­ter a lay­off, af­ter search­ing daily. There are more sub­jec­tive sit­u­a­tions and it’s sad to see leg­is­la­tors ap­ply sole ob­jec­tiv­ity to their ef­forts.

Michael Dew

San Diego

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