Medicaid work requirement must be done right in Indiana

As Indiana stands to become one of the first states in the nation to require many of its Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer in order to receive benefits, we must ensure the program is as meaningful as possible for those impacted. Simply put, we need to do it right. The Hoosier state needs substantive programming around its 80-hours per month requirement for able-bodied people to either work or perform community service. If done correctly, doors could be opened and we could see Indiana citizens’ lives and communities transformed. Volunteering and community engagement can lead to participants learning workforce skills, which lead to attaining jobs. This isn’t just “pie in the sky” wishful thinking. The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), a national non-profit, has seen transformation of individuals and communities across the country when people are able to contribute, to volunteer, to work and see the benefits of their actions. NCFL works to eradicate poverty through education solutions for families. By tying volunteerism to the ultimate goal of getting people job skills and into the workforce, this can be a win-win situation for both the participants and the communities where they live. Over the past 30 years, and with the help and partnership of Toyota, we have impacted the lives of more than 2 million families in 150 cities and 39 states (including Indiana). Much of what we have done can be duplicated under the umbrella of the new Indiana Medicaid requirements: Volunteerism through the creation of a Family Service Learning… [Read full story]

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