Letters and Correspondence
Letter: Exclude Medicaid work requirements from debt ceiling and federal budget negotiations
First Focus Campaign for ChildrenHealth Poverty & Family Economics
First Focus Campaign for Children has joined other leading organizations on a letter to Majority Leader Schumer, Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker McCarthy, and Minority Leader Jeffries urging them to exclude Medicaid work reporting requirements from ongoing debt ceiling and federal budget negotiations.
Excerpt from the letter:
Medicaid provides security and stability to millions of beneficiaries who rely on the program for health care coverage. Cuts or restrictions that would reduce or eliminate coverage of health care services would impose untenable financial burdens on beneficiaries and states. As states are conducting Medicaid redeterminations for the first time since early 2020, implementing work reporting requirements would overwhelm their already burdened workforce. It is the view of the undersigned organizations that requiring reporting of work for Medicaid – as well as funding cuts or the expansion of existing work requirements for other key benefits for people with low incomes such as SNAP and TANF – will harm the people these programs are designed to help.