Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, at a White House press conference in May. More people moving off Medicaid, she says, would be a good outcome. NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Kentucky got the green light from the federal government Friday to require people who get Medicaid to work. It’s a big change from the Obama administration, which rejected overtures from states that wanted to add a work requirement.
Medicaid’s chief federal officer is Seema Verma; her home state of Indiana submitted plans for a work requirement last year, and the approval letter could come any day now. Under the proposal, people would have to average 20 hours a week of work or another qualifying activity — such as volunteering or getting an education —