Word is going out this morning that PA House Bill 59, which would add new requirements to the state Medicaid program, may be headed towards a vote today.
According to our friends at PHAN, this bill would:
- impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients
- lock-in managed care plans (making it hard for people to change plans to find the care they need)
- open the door to higher costs and premiums
The Atlantic points out that
"most people on Medicaid who can work do, and low-income people working demanding jobs often do so 'until their bodies gave out on them.'"In fact, the article goes on to say that:
"the only real outcome of a Medicaid work requirement is that fewer people will have access to Medicaid, which may be the point."Please, take a moment now to call your legislators and share your opposition to HB 59. The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center has set up a way to email legislators as well. Let's make sure that our families can continue to get the care they need.