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Ohio Medicaid Director Puts a Figure on Cost of Enforcing Medicaid Work Requirement

a photo of protestors in support of Medicaid expansion
KAREN KASLER
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU
The state Medicaid program will have to assess more than 100,000 people on Medicaid expansion to determine if they will be required to work 20 hours a week.

As of last Friday, the state has federal permission to require 20 hours of work per week for many non-disabled people on Medicaid expansion.  

Work requirements will be imposed on people in Medicaid expansion who are under 50, aren’t caregivers, and aren’t in college or job training. Forty-one percent of the 613,000 Medicaid expansion recipients are working. Slightly less than that are exempt. And Medicaid director Maureen Corcoran says 18 percent – just over 109,000 people – will have to be assessed to see if they need to work more or are exempt.

“While many individuals in the expansion group work, more can be done to encourage employment and community engagement efforts.”

Medicaid expansion advocates have raised concerns about administrative costs of enforcing work requirements. Corcoran says it’s estimated they will total $28 million over the two-year budget.