Lauren Parrottino

Right Wisconsin

Are we in the middle of another reform era for welfare? Governor Scott Walker and Republicans across the country are paving the way for more experimentation and innovation in their efforts to help people move from dependency to work. And a new Republican-controlled Washington offers state reformers the chance to receive federal waivers for more customization.

This month Walker built on his earlier welfare reform initiatives by unveiling a proposal for Wisconsin to become the first state in the nation to drug test those enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program, BadgerCare. Those testing positive would be diverted to treatment and rehab. In addition, able-bodied adults under the age of 49 would be required to work in a training program for 80 hours per month or lose coverage for six months.

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