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March 22, 2021, 9:03 PM

DOJ Asks for Clean Slate or Clarity in Medicaid Work Rule Fight

Lydia Wheeler
Lydia Wheeler
Senior Reporter

If the Supreme Court ultimately decides to hear the dispute over work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries, the Biden administration wants a ruling that gives the government broad authority to test new policies for the program in the future.

The court should clarify in any ruling on the merits that the Health and Human Services Secretary can allow states to try out new measures—like alternative ways to deliver care—that indirectly advance Medicaid’s main goal of providing low-income people health insurance, the Justice Department said in a brief Monday.

But the federal government is hoping the court will altogether scrap the cases ...

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