Medicaid; work requirement. (HB695)

Introduced By

Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Medicaid; work requirement. Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to apply for a waiver to implement a work requirement for able-bodied adult recipients of medical assistance services. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18103205D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on Rules
01/29/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB695)
01/30/2018Tabled in Rules (17-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB338.


Josie Kinkade writes:

It is already more onerous to try to get medical help in Virginia than in most other states. With few insurance providers, there will be more people in need.

It would cost a bunch of money to check in on people who need assistance -- trying to "catch" one "cheater". This money could be better spent simply providing healthcare.

I can instantly see problems -- the parent of 2 or 3 children ages 7 through 9 who can't find work during the time the children are in school and has no child-care. The person who is applying for disability, going through a process already difficult and often taking more than a year. A person temporarily disabled, say, with pneumonia, who recently lost a job, or loses a low-paying job without benefits due to illness. A diabetic or person with sickle-cell disease who is able to work intermittently, but often falls through the cracks due to intermittent illness and lack of other resources. A 59-year-old person with lung disease who is not yet permanently disabled but who is in transition between previous manual labor and trying to find other other work.

All of these possible "exceptions" will be a paper-work nightmare for the benefit recipient, and a tax-payer paid job for the social worker, who may or may not be adequately medically qualified to make borderline decisions.

Taxpayers writes:

Welfare w/o a work requirement is always a disaster

Juliet Hiznay writes:

This bill is based on magical thinking. We are talking about people with medical problems (disabilities). Some will never be able to work. That's why they are on disability.

How about providing health care and fully funding the medicaid waiver so these individuals can gain some skills for workforce readiness? Transportation support, childcare support and training help too.

Sue M writes:

This bill tries to look reasonable by carving out exceptions for people receiving disability benefits and for caregivers of young children, but what about people who are devoting many hours per week to care for ADULT family members, such as seriously ill spouses or parents or adult children who are not able to live independently? And who is to judge what "able-bodied" means for the purpose of this bill?

Margaret McCabe writes:

In theory this bill sounds good but getting Medicaid in VA in the first place is a difficult task--so those that do get it have serious reasons and need to be covered. This bill will set up a complex , costly system " to catch a few cheaters" as they see it . Just provide medicaid expansion federal funds in the State budget and cover those who need care.