Work Requirements

Work Requirements

Many income and work support programs include a component aimed to increase the employment and earnings of participants. For example, in the most recent year, states reported spending $557 million of TANF and related state spending on employment and training programs.

CLASP advocates for high-quality employment programs for recipients of work support programs, informed by understanding of both the labor market and the circumstances of recipients, and provides technical assistance to states and localities on how to operate such programs within the framework of the federal programs. CLASP opposes work requirements with harsh sanctions that act as a barrier to access to benefits.

Recently renewed efforts to impose work requirements to receive public benefits reflect a profound misunderstanding of the realities of low-wage jobs. Strong evidence shows that work requirements frequently lead to a loss of benefits, which only makes it harder to work. Further, there is little evidence that work requirements increase employment outcomes or reduce poverty. Finally, work requirements create an unnecessary burden for workers and state governments.

Click here for an overview of CLASP's work in this area.


Sep 26, 2018 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

CLASP submitted comments to CMS in response to South Dakota's 1115 Waiver Demonstration Application and raised serious concerns about the effects of the waiver, as proposed, on the coverage and health outcomes of low-income Medicaid beneficiaries in South Dakota.

Aug 31, 2018 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

CLASP submitted comments to CMS on New Hampshire's section 1115 demonstration waiver amendment and extension application.

Aug 30, 2018 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

CLASP submitted comments to Alabama on their revised section 1115 demonstration waiver proposal. 

Aug 17, 2018 | Testimony/Comments

CLASP submitted comments to CMS regarding Mississippi's Medicaid Reform Demonstration Project, 1115 Revised Waiver Demonstration Application. 
 

Aug 17, 2018 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

CLASP submitted comments to CMS on Kentucky's HEALTH 1115 Demonstration Waiver (second comment period).

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