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Study Confirms GOP Medicaid Work Requirements Succeeded in Taking Away Peoples Healthcare

June 20, 2019 / Julia Conley

If the GOP wants to help people find work, they should invest in employment programs and guarantee health care as a right not punish people who are struggling. The first major study of new Medicaid work requirements confirmed that the warnings of critics were correct: requiring program recipients to work serves only to take healthcare away from vulnerable communities, while doing nothing to promote employment.Researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health released a report Wednesday on the work requirements, which went into effect in Arkansas in 2018. One of President Donald Trump's signature healthcare policies, the program demanded that Medicaid recipients work at least 80 hours per month or participate in job training, or risk losing their health insurance.