HB 13: "An Act requiring the Department of Health and Social Services to apply for a waiver to establish work requirements for certain adults who are eligible for the state medical assistance program."
00 HOUSE BILL NO. 13 01 "An Act requiring the Department of Health and Social Services to apply for a waiver to 02 establish work requirements for certain adults who are eligible for the state medical 03 assistance program." 04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 * Section 1. AS 47.07.036 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 06 (h) The department shall apply for a section 1115 waiver under 42 U.S.C. 07 1315 to establish a work requirement for adults who are eligible for medical assistance 08 under AS 47.07.020 and who do not meet the criteria for an exemption described in 09 (3) of this subsection. The application for the waiver must include a plan to 10 (1) require a recipient subject to the work requirement to demonstrate, 11 as a condition of eligibility for medical assistance, that the recipient is participating in 12 work activities for a minimum of 20 hours each week by submitting proof of 13 employment or, if the recipient is not employed, proof that the recipient is actively 14 seeking employment, participating in an educational or training program intended to
01 lead to employment, volunteering, engaging in subsistence activities, or caregiving; 02 (2) allow a recipient to meet the work requirement described in this 03 subsection by demonstrating that the recipient participates in the Alaska temporary 04 assistance program and is in compliance with the work activities requirement 05 described in AS 47.27.035; 06 (3) exempt a recipient from the work requirement described in this 07 subsection only if the recipient is 08 (A) under 18 years of age or 65 years of age or older; 09 (B) the parent or caretaker of a dependent child of up to 12 10 months of age and the parent or caretaker is providing home care for the child; 11 (C) the parent or caretaker of a child experiencing a disability 12 and the parent or caretaker is providing home care for the child; 13 (D) the caretaker of a relative who is experiencing a disability 14 and requires 24-hour care; 15 (E) the parent or caretaker of a child under six years of age and 16 the parent or caretaker demonstrates that appropriate child care is not available; 17 (F) unable to work for medical reasons, as determined by a 18 licensed medical professional; 19 (G) pregnant; 20 (H) currently receiving unemployment insurance benefits; or 21 (I) participating in a tribal work program; 22 (4) temporarily exempt a recipient from the work requirement 23 described in this subsection only if the recipient is 24 (A) experiencing a family hardship outside of the control of the 25 parent or caretaker, such as a death in the family or an immediate crisis, for the 26 duration of the hardship; or 27 (B) a victim of domestic violence; 28 (5) ensure that the work requirement does not prevent a recipient with 29 a substance abuse disorder from obtaining appropriate treatment for the substance 30 abuse disorder; and 31 (6) notify all medical assistance recipients of the work requirement as
01 soon as practicable if the waiver is approved and, not less than 90 days after providing 02 notice of the work requirement, terminate medical assistance coverage for recipients 03 who become ineligible as a result of noncompliance with the work requirement.