West Virginia House Finance committee advances Medicaid work requirement bill

By LORI KERSEY

Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Poor West Virginians who get health care coverage through Medicaid would have to work, volunteer or train for a job under a bill that originated and advanced in the House Finance Committee on Wednesday.

With a 14-9 vote, the committee advanced the bill to the full House of Delegates for consideration.

The legislation would require that, with some exceptions, able-bodied adult Medicaid recipients work, volunteer or participate in training for at least 20 hours a week in order to receive health coverage through Medicaid. The Department of Health and Human Resources would apply for a waiver with the federal government for the work requirement.

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