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Action Alert on Medicaid Work Requirements

Work requirements for Medicaid continue to advance in both the House and Senate and are now only one step from a floor vote. This is very concerning and we are counting on NAMI members to do everything they can to stop this terrible legislation from becoming law. See Fact Sheet. Governor Dayton has said he would veto the bill but we don't want it to get that far. Read the Governor's letter here.

HF 3722 and SF 3611 do offer exceptions to work requirements for people certified as disabled, children under the age of 18 or adults over the age of 60, caregivers, medically frail individuals, those who are determined to be unfit for work by a health care professional, or those enrolled in substance use disorder treatment.

Qualifying for one of these exemptions will be especially challenging for people with a mental illness. It is much more difficult for someone with a mental illness to be certified as "disabled," nor should we be encouraging young people with a diagnosed mental illness into the heartbreaking choice of stating they will never work again just so they can get health insurance to access the treatment they need to get better and work.

NAMI Minnesota supports work and the important role that it can play in recovery. However, it can be very challenging for people with a mental illness to find and maintain stable employment without access to mental health care. Creating a complex bureaucratic process for MA eligibility will make it even harder for someone with a mental illness to keep their health insurance and find a job.  NAMI Minnesota has developed a handout that includes more detail on the bill and why we oppose it. Click here to read it.

For more on how this would impact Minnesotans, you can read this strong article from MinnPost, Pioneer Press, or Mpls Star Tribune.

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