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Bill Requiring Work for Medicaid Coverage Clears Iowa House Subcommittee

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Officials at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha say they have received 13 people from a cruise ship in Japan where coronavirus has spread. The people are part of a larger group of American citizens brought back to the U.S.

The executive director of the Global Center for Health Security at the medical center, says Monday that 12 of the people are in quarantine. They currently have no symptoms of the coronavirus. One man is in a bio-containment unit to receive a higher level of care. The new patients came as 57 US evacuees continued to be quarantined at a Nebraska National Guard training base 

A proposal advancing in the statehouse would require some low-income Iowans to work in order to stay enrolled in Medicaid.

People from 18 to 64 years-old who are not disabled would have to work or volunteer at least 20 hours per week. The bill makes some exemptions, including for parents of young children.

Scott Centorino is with the Opportunity Solutions Project which advocates for stronger work requirements to prevent dependency on public assistance. 

  It helps Iowans do more than just see higher incomes. It helps Iowans reengage in their communities, build connections and skills.

Opponents say the bill is unnecessary because most people in Medicaid are already working. They say it would punish people without transportation or child care.

The bill passed subcommittee and now goes to the Senate Labor and Business Relations Committee

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