Alabama may require some Medicaid recipients to work

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( — Alabama is looking to become the latest state to institute work requirements for some Medicaid recipients.

Gov. Kay Ivey has directed Alabama Medicaid Commissioner Stephanie Azar to formulate a policy to implement work requirements for Medicaid recipients. The move comes after the Trump administration sent a letter to State Medicaid Directors informing them states could apply for waivers to require non-disabled working age Medicaid recipients to get a job, volunteer, go to school or enter a work training program.

Any work requirements would only apply to "able-bodied" adults, with exemptions for children, the elderly and people with disabilities. Ivey's plan also would require increased copays for applicable Medicaid recipients.

The governor's goal is to "increase efficiency and decrease costs related to Medicaid, all in an effort to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars."

"I look forward to future implementation of those policies," Ivey said.

Work requirements for able-bodied adults are already in place for most recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.

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