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Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa

Representing the 1st District of Hawaii

Congresswoman Hanabusa’s Statement on Trump Administration’s Medicaid Work Requirement

January 11, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa issued the following statement today after the Trump administration’s decision to approve waivers that impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients.

“President Donald Trump and his Republican Party continue to fulfill their campaign promise of limiting access to affordable, quality healthcare for Americans struggling to pay for coverage. More than 344,000 people in Hawaii, including about 107,000 low-income children, benefit from Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  Most of the 70 million Americans enrolled in Medicaid work hard to support their families. Telling states that the federal government will approve waivers that impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients only serves to target the neediest and most vulnerable among us, including a disproportionate number of women, minorities, and individuals dealing with chronic and debilitating illnesses. Healthcare is a right, not a political position, and I sincerely hope President Trump and his party recognize the need to help every American, not just those who can afford to pay.”