Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Medicaid Work Requirements Could Hurt Entrepreneurs

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Medicaid Work Requirements Could Hurt Entrepreneurs

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Mandatory work requirements for access to Medicaid must not be instated as the Pennsylvania Legislature is currently considering (April 10, "State House Committee Set to Add Work Requirements to Two Safety-net Programs").

I am an able-bodied, college-educated, solo entrepreneur with a rapidly growing consulting business in Pittsburgh, and I rely on Medicaid. Any business owner will tell you that the first one to two years is the hardest, and it's true. I intend to be paying for my own health insurance by the end of this year when my income outpaces my startup expenses. In fact, I recently paid far more than required on my first quarter of estimated taxes to the state of Pennsylvania because I know I'll be making a lot more money by the end of this year. But, for now, I can't afford health insurance, which I barely use anyway. …

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