Oklahoma legislation will require Medicaid recipients to work before they can receive benefits

Oklahoma legislation will require Medicaid recipients to work before they can receive benefits

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — A piece of Oklahoma legislation will require able-bodied Medicaid recipients to work in order to receive benefits.

Monday, Governor Mary Fallin signed legislation that would direct the Health Care Authority to apply for a waiver that institutes work requirements for Medicaid.

Medicaid is a federal and state entitlement program that allows individuals with low-income or inadequate health insurance to receive healthcare services.

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The new legislation would require certain able-bodied recipients to work, participate in a work program or both for 20 hours a week.

The new eligibility criteria will reportedly affect around 8,000 Oklahomans between the ages of 18 and 50.

It will go into effect November 1.

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