Medicaid Work Requirements Divide Arkansas, Kentucky Hospitals

July 3, 2019, 9:46 AM

Kentucky’s hospitals are standing in solidarity with their governor’s push to implement work requirements for Medicaid, but medical centers in Arkansas say their experience shows the requirement is too costly and leads to poor service.

The division came to light in a pair of lawsuits working their way through two federal courts. The lawsuits challenge waivers from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that gave the states the authority to implement the work requirements.

Hospitals have generally stayed out of the work requirement debate, but the Arkansas Hospital Association is backing advocacy groups challenging the state waivers.

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