Wisconsin submitted a federal request Wednesday to become the first state to drug test Medicaid applicants.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker told The New York Times that he is hopeful the Trump administration will approve the waiver, which also adds additional requirements for childless, able-bodied adults receiving Medicaid benefits.
Walker has modified the proposal after receiving over 1,000 public comments, which he attached to the waiver request before submitting it to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Walker softened the proposal slightly, eliminating an initial drug test for applicants who agree to enter a substance abuse treatment program and allowing applicants who initially refuse treatment to reapply when they are ready.
The waiver request has been harshly criticized by those who see the drug test requirement as just an additional obstacle standing in the way of the state’s most vulnerable people.