The study was conducted in part by Atheendar Venkataramani, who’s on the team from the University of Pennsylvania that will analyze real-time data if the Medicaid changes take effect. He said there’s mixed research on whether work requirements in other welfare programs reduce poverty rates and get people into better-paying jobs. But there’s a lot of interest in how Kentucky’s program will impact enrollees. ‘It’s an open question in the Medicaid program as to whether it’ll achieve this specific objective or not,’ Venkatarmani said. They found a large portion would have been exempt because they were already working, were in school or were primary caregivers. About a third of the people had SNAP, otherwise known as food stamps, or cash assistance program TANF, and would be excluded. That’s because both programs already have a similar work requirement program. Read more on WFPL.com.