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Federal Judge Strikes Down Medicaid Work Requirements

HeadlineMar 28, 2019

A federal judge has struck down rules in Kentucky and Arkansas requiring Medicaid recipients to work in order to receive healthcare under the federally funded program. Under the states’ Medicaid work requirements, which were encouraged by the Trump administration, all “able-bodied” adults who get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion are required to prove that they’re working, studying or volunteering. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled the requirements were “arbitrary and capricious,” and said they exceeded Medicaid’s mission to provide health coverage to the needy. The ruling could affect six other states that imposed similar rules and seven other states that have applied for Medicaid work requirements.

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