HHS grants Medicaid work requirement for Indiana
February 2, 2018, Politico, Adam Cancryn- Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Friday granted Indiana permission to add work requirements to its Medicaid program, making it the second state to tie health coverage to employment for certain low-income enrollees. Azar, days after being sworn in, touted the work requirement plan as an innovative approach to boosting employment and lifting poor adults out of poverty.
"Indiana's vision and ours goes beyond the provision of quality health care," Azar said during a news conference alongside Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and state officials. "It recognizes that Medicaid can become a pathway out of poverty." The approval comes just weeks after President Donald Trump's health department issued guidelines encouraging states to impose the first-ever employment-based restrictions in the Medicaid program's 53-year history.