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Medicaid and Work Requirements: Where does Adult Education Fit?

Several states have submitted proposals for Medicaid waivers to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that include work requirements. While work requirements are new to healthcare, other programs, like TANF, have experience with implementing work requirements. The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) recently released a document outlining its position on the attachment of work requirements to Medicaid.  How states choose to connect Medicaid services for residents with disabilities with work requirements will have an impact on adult learners, and adult education.  

What is the conversation in your state?  Do you see opportunities for building better career pathways for learners with disabilities?  Do you see more obstacles for connecting learners with disabilities to both stable employment, and needed medical services?  Most importantly, is there a message that you believe the field of adult education needs to send to other stakeholders, as we continue having discussions at the state and national level?  Your feedback is invaluable to creating a message that represents our perspective from the field!

Mike Cruse

Career Pathways and Disabilities and Equitable Outcomes Moderator