Proposed bill could force Medicaid recipients to work

Dec 31 Sermon TitleWhen I lived in Germany in the late 1970s, they had nearly 100% employment. 

Anyone who was unemployed and wanted to receive unemployment benefits would show up. They would be given a brook and a rake, bags to fill, and they were sent out to work cleaning up the city. 

No work, no eat. 2 Thess. 3:10

For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

A hungry belly is quite a motivator. 

A House panel on Monday voted to hold a public hearing on legislation involving voter-approved Medicaid expansion in Idaho to require recipients to meet employment requirements similar to those in place for the state’s food assistance program.

The House Health and Welfare Committee voted 9-3 to hold the hearing on the legislation that would also end Medicaid expansion if the federal government’s share of the cost drops below 90 percent.

The Idaho Medicaid expansion would provide access to preventative health care services for about 91,000 low-income Idaho residents, according to a risk management company hired by the state. The federal government would cover 90 percent of the estimated $400 million cost.
The bill also requests a waiver from the federal government to let some people who would qualify for the expansion instead buy private health coverage through the state’s insurance program.