• America’s Leading Physician Groups Oppose Medicaid Work Requirements

    Media contacts:

    American Academy of Family Physicians: Julie Hirschhorn | jhirschhorn@aafp.org
    American Academy of Pediatrics: Devin Mazziotti | dmazziotti@aap.org
    American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Kate Connors | kconnors@acog.org
    American College of Physicians: Jackie Blaser | jblaser@acponline.org
    American Osteopathic Association: Brooke Johnson | pr@osteopathic.org
    American Psychiatric Association
    : Erin Connors | econnors@psych.org


    Washington, D.C. (April 24, 2023) – Our organizations, representing nearly 600,000 physicians and medical students, firmly oppose any legislation seeking to implement Medicaid work requirements. Mandating work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries does not promote the objectives of the Medicaid program. The experiences of states that have previously implemented work requirements have demonstrated that work requirements do not improve employment rates, but can lead to higher program administrative costs for states, increased medical debt for patients, and barriers to care. 

    Our organizations have a long history of supporting evidence-based policies that promote access to affordable health care and standing against those that impose burdensome, unsubstantiated Medicaid eligibility restrictions and would likely result in massive coverage losses for beneficiaries. Any proposals to impose punitive requirements run counter to the core tenets of Medicaid and our responsibility as physicians: improving equitable access to high-quality health care.


    About American Academy of Family Physicians
    Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 130,000 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the largest medical society devoted solely to primary care. Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits — that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care. To learn more about the specialty of family medicine and the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, visit www.aafp.org. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s consumer website, www.familydoctor.org.  

    About the American Academy of Pediatrics 
    The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit www.aap.org and follow us on Twitter @AmerAcadPeds.

    About the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 
    The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing evidence-based obstetric and gynecologic care. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of more than 60,000 members, ACOG strongly advocates for equitable, exceptional, and respectful care for all women and people in need of obstetric and gynecologic care; maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members; promotes patient education; and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing patients and their families and communities. www.acog.org.  

    About the American College of Physicians 
    The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization in the United States with members in more than 145 countries worldwide. ACP membership includes 160,000 internal medicine physicians, related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. Follow ACP on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

    About the American Osteopathic Association
    The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 178,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; and is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools. To learn more about DOs and the osteopathic philosophy of medicine, visit www.osteopathic.org

    About the American Psychiatric Association
    The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the oldest medical association in the country. The APA is also the largest psychiatric association in the world with more than 38,000 physician members specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research of mental illnesses. APA’s vision is to ensure access to quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. For more information please visit www.psychiatry.org.