Sometimes what seems like a good idea on the surface turns out to be terrible when tried out. This is what other states have found out when they required Medicaid recipients to try to find work. When most of them either didn’t find work or couldn’t fill out the extra paperwork to prove they were exempt or had a job, nearly 20,000 in Arkansas lost their healthcare.
This hurt not only those who lost coverage and their families; it also hurt their communities as hospitals didn’t get paid when folks showed up in the emergency rooms. Arkansas paid out millions for its new bureaucracy to monitor those who couldn’t find work, lost hundreds of millions in federal Medicaid dollars withheld from its economy, and some rural hospitals had to close for lack of that money coming in. In all it was it was a lose, lose, lose situation that we don’t need to repeat here in WV.
Why are our legislators not learning from Arkansas? Why are trying to force this failed experiment on us here? This is just another one of the out-of-state ‘cookie-cutter’ bills that big think tanks promote without taking our local communities into account. Let's not repeat this mistake.