Wisconsin to require some Medicaid recipients to work

Caduceus, file photo. (Photo courtesy MGN Online)

(WLUK) -- Medicaid provides healthcare for some low-income people.

The Trump administration has opened the door for states to deny Medicaid, to certain people who don't get a job.

Ten states, including Wisconsin, want to opt-in to Trump's plan.

While in Door County on Thursday, Gov. Scott Walker says the policy is a good thing.

"We know that for people who are physically and mentally capable of working, there's no reason why we can't get them into the workforce. I just fundamentally believe that public assistance should be more like a trampoline and less like a hammock," said Walker.

Not everyone agrees with the policy.

In statement from Sen. Tammy Baldwin says, “Our BadgerCare program has worked well in Wisconsin and I am concerned this will create barriers to affordable health insurance for low-income Wisconsinites, particularly in economically depressed, rural communities in Wisconsin. We shouldn’t make it harder for people struggling to get ahead, we should be doing more to strengthen opportunities to help them get ahead.”

More than 68 million are covered my Medicaid.

As of October 2017 Medicaid says Wisconsin has enrolled more than one million people in Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program.

The Medicaid work requirement policy gives guidance to states and says they should consider and exemption for pregnant women, disabled people and the seniors.

As for when the requirements will go into effect, Walker said, "We want to go as quickly as possible."

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