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Tennessee lawmakers could debate this session whether to add a work requirement to Medicaid, after President Donald Trump's administration said last month that it'd be willing to accept proposals that force enrollees to have a job, be training for one or engage in some sort of volunteer work.

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Unemployment in Tennessee stands at record lows, but some advocates for the poor nonetheless worry about how plans to reinstate the work requirement for food stamps will play out.

Their fear is that, in many parts of Tennessee, the jobs just won't be there.


Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is re-implementing the work requirement to receive foods stamps in most of Tennessee's 95 counties — one in a series of measures that state officials say are intended to get more Tennesseans back into the workforce.