Trump administration says states can make Medicaid recipients work

BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. (WDTV) -- The Trump Administration announced Thursday that it's offering a path for states that want to seek work requirements on medicaid recipients.

In a letter by the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services to directors, it said that states can cut off Medicaid benefits to Americans, unless they have a job, are in school, are a caregiver and so forth.

So far, 10 states have applied for waivers involving work requirements or community involvement. West Virginia was not one of them; but the question is, if the Mountain State decides to join the list in the future, how would people feel about this change?

"People who do not have access to healthcare, people who do not have access to their medications, do not have access to good health, have a harder point finding a job," said Chantal Fields, Executive Director of West Virginians for Affordable Healthcare.

Another resident, who is currently unemployed and is on Medicaid, says if this happens in West Virginia, it will be difficult for those without jobs. But if it happens, she would seek employment.

"Because of the way some of the things are set up with Medicaid is that because I do have a couple of dependent children at home, I am not required to work; however, I'm in the process of getting back into the work field so that part of it really doesn't bother me," said Leyna Menefee.

West Virginia Medicaid is the main provider to more than 550,000 West Virginians.