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Trump administration to review Alabama work requirements for Medicaid.

The Trump administration will review Alabama's proposal to require some Medicaid beneficiaries, including parents of young children, work to continue receiving benefits.

The proposal would require beneficiaries work or complete other activities for 35 hours a week. Parents of children younger than six would have to work 20 hours a week. 

"Parental employment, and the economic security it brings, is critical to young children," the state wrote in its application. 

The state also argued having working parents will improve the health outcomes of children. 

Those subject to the requirements would have 90 days after the program starts to comply or lose coverage, the state says. 

The Trump administration has made Medicaid work requirements a priority. 

It already approved work requirements in three states, all of which expanded Medicaid under ObamaCare to cover more low-income, childless adults.

But Alabama, which didn't expand Medicaid, would be one of the first states to impose work requirements on the traditional Medicaid population. In Alabama, only very-low income adults with children are eligible for Medicaid. 

Other activities that would meet the requirements, other than employment, include attending job training, school, community service or technical training. 

Medicaid beneficiaries who have disabilities, are medically frail, receive Social Security Disability Insurance or SSI or Medicare would be exempt from the requirements. 

Anyone who is pregnant, receiving post-partum care, is 60 or older, or is a single parent caring for a child under would also be exempt. 

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