Wisconsin Advances Towards Drug Testing for Health Benefits

2017/05/25 – Wisconsin GOP advances measure that would make state first to drug test for health benefits – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin could become the first state in the nation to require needy but able-bodied adults to work and submit to drug tests to qualify for public health coverage, under a proposal advanced by lawmakers Thursday.


“The governor’s initiatives have been to help people move from dependence to independence. We’re going to support that initiative and that concept, except we do believe some of the ideas need further vetting,” said Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), co-chairman of the Joint Finance Committee.

With the state’s unemployment rate now at 3.2%, Walker wants to move as many Wisconsin residents as possible into the workforce.

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