How Medicaid Work Requirements Will Harm Older Adults & Family Caregivers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued guidance allowing states to condition Medicaid eligibility on fulfilling work and “community engagement” requirements. Under this policy, states can require adults to work in order to receive Medicaid if they are under age 65 and not disabled under the Social Security Administration’s strict definition. Although states are required to exempt some individuals who cannot work based on their health conditions, and encouraged to allow caregiving hours to count as work, all of these individuals will still be subject to onerous reporting requirements. This presents a significant barrier to health care access for many of the nearly 9 million adults ages 50 to 64 who rely on Medicaid, as well as nearly 5 million people with disabilities and chronic health conditions who do not receive Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income, and family caregivers. Learn more with our factsheet!

Emma Ayers

About Emma Ayers

Emma joined Justice in Aging in December 2014 as a writer and communications associate based in the Oakland, CA office. Emma serves as blog editor for the new Justice in Aging blog and assists with all written content for the organization. She also supports the communication team’s overall engagement and social media strategy.