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Dowling Discusses Welfare Reform with Key Trump Administration Members
2/15/2019
HARRISBURG – Rep. Matt Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset), prime sponsor of legislation that would require work or community engagement as a condition of eligibility for Medical Assistance for able-bodied recipients, met with representatives of the Trump administration today in Washington D.C.

Dowling was joined by Whitney Metzler, staffer for Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Crawford/Forest/Warren) chairwoman of House Health Committee; Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne); Joseph Grogan, director of Domestic Policy; Kristina Rasmussen, vice president of Federal Affairs, Foundation for Government Accountability; Robin Walker, director of Federal Affairs, Foundation for Government Accountability; Shannon Alford, government affairs director (state), Foundation for Government Accountability; and Jeremy Baker, senior government affairs associate, Commonwealth Foundation.

“The goals of this policy are to help individuals and families rise out of poverty and attain independence,” Dowling said. “This program is critical to promoting better mental, physical and emotional health as Medical Assistance is designed to do.”

Dowling has worked with outside stakeholders to include language in the bill creating exceptions that would ensure that the work requirements are applied only to those who are truly able to work.

While at the White House, Dowling met with:
  • Chris Traylor, acting director, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

  • Brian Blase, special assistant to the president for economic policy, National Economic Council.

  • Leslie Ford, special assistant to the president, Domestic Policy Council.

  • Brandon Lipps, administrator, Food and Nutrition Services, and acting deputy undersecretary, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, United States Department of Agriculture.

The broad topic discussed at these meetings was welfare reform, primarily focused on work requirements for able-bodied individuals, as well as the cliff effect experienced by those working to get off of assistance programs.

“The spirit of these meetings is to find ways to encourage those on assistance programs to pull themselves up out of poverty. Every life has dignity,” Dowling stated. “We are in no way trying to take away the health care or benefits of those who need assistance. Instead, we are simply encouraging those who still have the ability to work to continue to do so.”

Last session, Dowling’s House Bill 2138 passed the House 115-80 and the Senate 30-19, but was later vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf, is slated to be re-introduced this session.

 

Rep. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) was joined by serval House colleagues for a meeting with key Trump administration officials to discuss welfare reform. Pictured from left Whitney Metzler, executive director of House Health Committee, Dowling and Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne).

Representative Matthew Dowling
51st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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