White House report: Most welfare recipients able to hold jobs, but aren't

UPI | 7/12/2018 | Staff
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July 12 (UPI) -- A White House report said Thursday most Americans living in poverty who receive government benefits are not working, even though they are able to -- a published backing for the Trump administration's plan to impose new work requirements for welfare recipients.

The 66-page report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers said poverty numbers of non-disabled adults are "a deeply flawed reflection of material hardship."

Study - Working-age - Adults - Medicaid - Percent

The study said most non-disabled working-age adults who receive Medicaid, 61 percent, do not work or work very few hours.

The other two major welfare programs, Medicaid and food stamps, have similar numbers. The report said more than two-thirds of SNAP food stamp recipients and 59 percent who receive housing assistance are unemployed.

Report - District - Court - Ruling - Month

The report follows a district court ruling last month that blocked Kentucky's plan to require work and monthly premiums for some recipients to receive Medicaid.

U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg said the Trump administration failed to consider whether changes in Kentucky laws could help the state furnish assistance. The judge said the federal decision to allow work requirements is "arbitrary and capricious."

Kentucky - Requirement - January - Effect - Month

Kentucky imposed the requirement in January and it would have taken effect last month if it hadn't been blocked in federal court. The law mandated 80 hours of work or other employment activity per month.

In April, President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to add and strengthen work...
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