Today, First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to Rep. Jake LaTurner, author of the Jobs and Opportunities for Medicaid Act (H.R.1551) to express our opposition to the bill.

Excerpt from the letter:

Imposing work requirements as a condition of receiving Medicaid harms children, pregnant women and families and creates substantial losses in health coverage and access to care. Past implementation of work requirements has demonstrated that confusing rules, complex reporting systems and other bureaucratic red tape cause children and families to lose their health coverage. When parents lose benefits, evidence shows that children do too, making policies such as these harmful to children’s health and development. 1 Moreover, the ramifications of losing coverage extend beyond health care to negatively impact financial security, employment, housing, and many other life factors for children and families.

Read the full letter here.