Medicaid Work Requirements: a Red-Tape Bureaucratic Waste of Taxpayer Money
There is an understandably broad –and bipartisan- appetite to renew Montana’s hugely successful Medicaid expansion program during this year’s legislative session. Since the program began in 2016, it has brought over 5,000 jobs and more than $240 million in personal annual income to our state. With labor force participation up 9% among low-income Montanans, we continue to see the ongoing benefits of Medicaid expansion to our economy. Yet, this question from skeptics is always fair: has Montana’s rollout of Medicaid expansion -long-considered a rare display of successful bipartisanship on a national scale- lived up to what we had all hoped?