States can impose a work requirement on some Medicaid recipients, the Trump administration said Thursday, announcing major changes that could push able-bodied people learn new skills or take jobs to get off the government dole.The policy is voluntary, with states interested in the changes asked to submit proposals for how they would push beneficiaries toward work.The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it would not accept any plans that affected people with disabilities or others suffering hardships, saying the goal is not punishment but rather to entice those who could be working to get back into the job market.“State and local officials know much better than the federal government how best to care for their citizens in need,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma.President Trump’s opponents, though, threatened to challenge the policy in court, and Democrats on Capitol Hill said pushing people to work could …
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