Work participation among low-income adults potentially subject to Medicaid work requirements

Worked fewer than 80 hours in at least one month
Total number of workers (millions) Number (millions) Share
Worked (in the last year) …
Any hours 20.7 9.5 46%
At least 500 hours 18.1 6.9 38%
At least 1,000 hours 15 3.8 25%

Source: Data drawn from Aron-Dine, Chaudhry, and Broaddus (2018), who analyzed the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) for June 2012 to May 2013.  Sample includes adults ages 19 to 64 not receiving disability assistance in families with monthly incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty line; estimates are weighted by the number of months in which individuals had incomes below the Medicaid income limit.

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