Several top Republican lawmakers have proposed requiring some able-bodied adults on the state’s Medical Assistance program to work in order to receive the benefit.

Mankato D.F.L. State Representative Jack Considine.

“They love to drag that out every so often,” said Mankato Democrat Representative Jack Considine, but he added that when the numbers are crunched the pool of those on the program who are physically and mentally able to do so is pretty shallow.

Considine contends the plan would cost taxpayers rather than save the state dollars because, “You actually spend more money to enforce it than you see any real benefit,” he said.

That’s because most of those enrolled in the program, “Are elderly, children, disabled. There just aren’t that many that fall into this category,” Considine said.

 

The bill would require Medical Assistance enrollees to work at least 80 hours a month, seek employment, or enroll in job training programs. It exempts many stay-at-home parents and people with disabilities.