Ken­tucky first to get ap­proval for Med­i­caid work re­quire­ment

The Signal - - BUSINESS -

Ken­tucky be­came the first state Fri­day to win Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion ap­proval to re­quire many of its Med­i­caid re­cip­i­ents to work to re­ceive cov­er­age.

Peo­ple ages 19 to 64 must com­plete 80 hours per month of “com­mu­nity en­gage­ment” to keep their ben­e­fits. That in­cludes get­ting a job, go­ing to school, tak­ing a job train­ing course or com­mu­nity ser­vice.

Repub­li­can Gov. Matt Bevin said the plan will save tax­pay­ers more than $300 mil­lion over five years. He es­ti­mated 95,000 peo­ple will lose Med­i­caid by not com­ply­ing with the re­quire­ments or by los­ing their el­i­gi­bil­ity be­cause they make too much money.

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