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.


Jun 30, 2017 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

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

Jun 26, 2017 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

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

Jun 23, 2017 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

CLASP submitted comments to Indiana on their draft 1115 waiver amendment application.

Jun 16, 2017 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

CLASP submitted comments to Arkansas on their draft 1115 waiver amendment application.

Jun 16, 2017 | Report/Brief | CLASP

Recently renewed efforts to impose work requirements as a condition of receipt for public benefits programs reflect a profound misunderstanding of the realities of low-wage jobs.

May 24, 2017 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

CLASP submitted comments to Maine on their draft 1115 demonstration waiver amendment application.

May 18, 2017 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

CLASP submitted comments to Wisconsin on the draft 1115 demonstration waiver amendment application for BadgerCare Reform.

The new version of the AHCA introduces a provision that would allow states to institute "work requirements" as a condition of Medicaid receipt.

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