Should Medicaid Patients be Required to Work?

Patients covered by Medicaid in Kentucky and Indiana could soon find themselves in a difficult position. According to new rules, recipients must complete 80 hours of “community engagement” or risk losing their health coverage.


For those with cystic fibrosis who struggle to breathe, it’s a no-win situation.

Medicaid provides health insurance for about 45 percent of cystic fibrosis patients. Without access to regular medication, their lung function may decrease even more quickly than the 1-3 percent rate at which it already decreases, on average, each year. Not surprisingly, cystic fibrosis comes with debilitating symptoms, such as chronic coughing.

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