Federal Government to Implement Work Requirements for Medicaid Recipients

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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - The federal government will let states implement a work requirement for certain medicaid recipients.

Maine is one of ten states asking for a waiver from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services.

According to Governor LePage healthy adults who can contribute by either working or volunteering should do so and that will help people break the cycle of poverty.

Opponents say the change will prevent people from getting the health care they deserve.

"It's going to make administration a lot more complicated, and it's going to create a lot more red tape," said Robyn Merrill from Maine Equal Justice Partners. "We're confident that there will be people who qualify for exemptions who don't get them, and the end result is that more people are going to lose health care."

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree is against the change.

Congressman Bruce Poliquin is for it.

A spokeswoman for senator Susan Collins says she's concerned this change could put people struggling with addiction or caregiver responsibilities in bad positions.