National Health Law Program Comments on Workforce Bridge Program and other Amendments to the Healthy Indiana Program 1115 Waiver Project

Executive Summary

In comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Health Law Program urged Secretary Azar to reject amendments to create an ill-conceived Workforce Bridge Program and add two minor exemptions to Indiana’s already approved work requirement. Powerful evidence from New Hampshire and Arkansas reinforce prior evidence that Medicaid work requirements lead to thousands of coverage losses (and no appreciable gains in employment). Rather than approving additional exemptions and other amendments, HHS should heed this evidence and withdraw fully its approval of Indiana’s work requirement before thousands more lose coverage.

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