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Give Medicaid Work Rules a Try — Carefully

Don't let it be a ploy by states to shrink health insurance coverage.
Healthy enough to work?

Healthy enough to work?

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Requiring some Medicaid recipients to work is not the worst idea to come out of Donald Trump's administration. It might nudge some beneficiaries toward more productive lives, and it could help subdue persistent sentiment that the program allows adults who should be working to get free health insurance at taxpayers' expense.

But these aspirations will not be realized unless there is strict oversight. If the federal government wants to allow states to require their Medicaid beneficiaries to work, then it also has to ensure that anyone truly unable to do so does not lose Medicaid.