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Stay updated on recent work to ensure all children a healthy start.

Fighting Back Against Medicaid Work Requirements

In 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) encouraged states for the first time ever to require work as a condition of eligibility for Medicaid, despite the fact that most adults on Medicaid who are able to work are already working. Since then, at least seven states have received approval from the Trump Administration to take Medicaid coverage away from people who don’t meet work requirements, with additional requests pending. The Medicaid work requirements approved and proposed to date will harm children, as parents and caregivers lose the health coverage they need to work and care for their children. Losing coverage will only serve to push vulnerable children and families deeper into poverty. Although children themselves are not be subject to work requirements, some states have applied for waivers that would require parents and caretakers of young children—sometimes as young as six months old—to work. We recently joined 56 organizations on a letter to HHS Secretary Azar about these pending waiver requests on very low-income parents and caregivers covered by Medicaid.

Read CDF’s comments on two states waiver applications, Kentucky and Mississippi, to learn more about the imposition of any work requirement will harm children as parents and caregivers lose the health coverage they need to work and offer quality care to their children.

Recent Blogs

  • The Work That Remains

    On behalf of the Children’s Defense Fund, I’m asking you to recommit yourself to the important work of eradicating the evils of poverty and racism and pushing for a just future for all children. This work is not easy, it can be uncomfortable, and it can be messy. But as fully engaged participants in this democracy, we must do the work.

  • Children Need Flu Shots and Other Vaccines Amid Pandemic

    While current vaccination rates are increasing, they have yet to reach a level that makes up for the large dip over the spring and summer months.  Flu shots and other vaccines are safe, effective, and necessary now more than ever to keep our children and families healthy and keep our healthcare infrastructure from being overwhelmed. 

  • The Children’s Protection Act Will Bring Children’s Health and Wellbeing to the Forefront of Rule-Making

    While proposed regulations often have a significant impact on children, that impact is rarely made explicit as part of the formal regulatory process. Currently, federal agencies are not required to analyze or share how regulatory changes could impact or harm children. To address this issue, House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley introduced the Children’s Protection Act to better ensure our regulatory process prioritizes the health and wellbeing of our children.

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