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.


Nov 26, 2017 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

CLASP submitted comments to Kansas on their proposal to renew the KanCare 2.0 section 1115 demonstration waiver.

Sep 29, 2017 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

CLASP submitted comments in response to Utah's Medicaid waiver request, raising serious concerns about its likely impact on low-income people's health coverage and outcomes.

Sep 8, 2017 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

CLASP submitted comments to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services on Maine's draft 1115 waiver amendment application.

Aug 22, 2017 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

CLASP submitted comments to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services on Arkansas's draft 1115 waiver amendment application.

Aug 2, 2017 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

CLASP Comments to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services on Kentucky's draft 1115 waiver amendment application.

Jul 19, 2017 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

CLASP submitted comments to Utah on their draft 1115 waiver amendment application for Medicaid.

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