PA House Again Votes For Medicaid Work Requirements

Tony Romeo
April 17, 2018 - 11:15 pm
Pennsylvania Capitol

HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) - For the second time in less than a year, the state House has voted for legislation that seeks to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients. 

The bill on its way to the Senate directs the state Department of Human Services to apply for a waiver from Washington to impose work, job search and job training requirements on Medicaid, with certain exemptions, including disability.

It was a mostly party-line vote, with House Democrats such as Leanne Krueger-Braneky of Delaware County opposed.

“Having this legislation pass will tie up people, and some of them will lose their health care,” she said.

Republican Matthew Dowling is the sponsor of the bill.

“We know that the best pathway out of poverty is work,” he said.

Governor Wolf last fall vetoed a bill that contained a Medicaid work requirement.

As to what Wolf might do with this measure, his spokesman says only that Wolf opposes it.