2018-01-12 / Maine

LePage praises path for Medicaid work requirements

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is praising the decision by the Trump administration to allow states to institute work requirements for Medicaid recipients.

Seema Verma heads the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and she announced the new approach on Thursday in Washington, D.C. She says work and community involvement can make a positive difference in people’s health.

LePage, a Republican, said Thursday that healthy adults who can contribute by either working or volunteering “should do so.”

Maine currently has a proposal pending that would require able-bodied adults to be working, training for a new career, or volunteering. LePage said details of Maine’s waiver request still must be worked out, but he called Thursday’s announcement “a critical first step.”

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