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Congressman Matt Gaetz

Representing the 1st District of Florida

Congressman Matt Gaetz Issues Statement Supporting Trump Administration Decision to Allow States to Implement Medicaid Work Requirements

January 11, 2018
Press Release


Washington, D.C. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) issued the following statement today in support of the Trump administration’s announcement to begin allowing states to create work requirements for able-bodied individuals to qualify for Medicaid. The new policy would be a historic move for Republicans and mark the first time the government has allowed states to impose requirements as a precondition of coverage for Medicaid.


“I am glad that the Trump administration is encouraging states to implement work requirements for able-bodied, childless adults who receive Medicaid. This common-sense policy, supported by a majority of Americans, will lift people out of poverty and dependence into the dignity and fulfillment of work. With millions of jobs unfilled in our country, and a booming economy that is creating new jobs daily, America needs workers.

In states that require able-bodied, childless adults to work, volunteer, or take classes in order to qualify for Medicaid, employment has grown and spending has plummeted. With America more than twenty trillion dollars in debt, it is irresponsible to borrow from China to pay for people who simply don’t want to work. Throughout my time in Congress, I have fought for work requirements for welfare, and was successful in my efforts to have this policy included in the House FY18 Budget.

Former President Obama prevented states from imposing work requirements; this misguided policy stole power from state governments, slowed an already-struggling economy, and discouraged Americans from finding gainful employment. I am glad to see that we are taking a new approach under President Trump, and following through on the promise of bold, conservative reform that Americans supported when they elected a Republican House, Senate, and President,” said Rep. Gaetz.