Supporters and opponents of a proposed TennCare work requirement have disagreed about who would be exempt. This post attempts to bring some clarity to that debate.
TennCare expects work requirements to affect about 86,000 enrollees and cost the state $18.7 million per year.
If the proposed TennCare work requirement is to achieve its goals, our research shows there are several key issues policymakers may want to consider.
On January 11, 2018, the federal government released new guidance for states considering a Medicaid work requirement. One day later, Kentucky became the first state to get federal approval.
Defining the goals and details of a TennCare work requirement, seeking better data, investments in support services, and avoiding unintended consequences.
Those weighing the trade-offs of adding a work requirement to TennCare may look for insights in Tennesee’s experience with the welfare-to-work policies of Families First.
Medicaid work requirements are most likely to affect non-elderly adults without disabilities. Let's look at what that could mean in Tennessee.