The Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it will allow states to mandate a work requirement for able bodied adults who receive the assistance.
Governor LePage and the Department of Health and Human Services are hailing the decision.
Governor LePage said those recipients will need to work, be in a training program for a new career or volunteer. He added it will help improve the economy and will also help those people break the cycle of poverty.
The move is receiving mixed reactions from members of maine's congressional delegation.
Those against it say it will create another hurdle for people who need access to healthcare. .