North Carolina is one of 10 states that wants to add work requirements to its Medicaid program. Thursday the Trump Administration announced it's encouraging states to add these requirements for able-bodied adults.
North Carolina’s Medicaid program services nearly 2 million people. More than half of which are children. The work requirements are part of the state’s request to the federal government for an exception to contract out both physical and behavioral health to private companies. The proposal refers to Carolina Cares, state legislation that would allow eligible low-income individuals to enroll in Medicaid if they show they are working, pay premiums and meet other requirements.
Research from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that a small subset of Medicaid beneficiaries across the country don’t have a reason for not working.