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Feds Resurrect Kentucky’s Medicaid Work Requirement (1)

Nov. 21, 2018, 3:46 PMUpdated: Nov. 21, 2018, 7:32 PM

Kentucky’s program that requires some Medicaid beneficiaries to work and pay premiums for coverage has received a rare re-approval from the federal agency in charge of the program.

On Nov. 20, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services re-approved the Kentucky HEALTH program. The program requires Medicaid expansion beneficiaries to work 80 hours per month to remain eligible for coverage and makes them pay premiums based on their income level.

The CMS’s approval letter highlights several reasons why it believes Kentucky’s program will promote the objectives of Medicaid and should survive a legal challenge. In a seeming preview of...

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