Behavioral Science is Clear: Work Requirements are Doomed to Fail

Safety net programs help millions of Americans each year by providing basic needs like money, food, health care, and housing. These anti-poverty programs are crucial to the well-being of so many people in the U.S., so it’s perplexing that we’re seeing a proliferation of policy proposals to take away these important supports from people who do not meet a work requirement. In 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services began considering waivers that would allow states to take Medicaid coverage away from recipients who do not meet a work requirement—thus stripping people in need of health care. ….[READ]