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Medicaid Work Requirements Get Double-Header Court Challenges

March 14, 2019, 9:46 AM

In back-to-back oral arguments March 14, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services faces challenges to its nationwide support for states making employment a condition for Medicaid coverage.

Medicaid beneficiaries in Kentucky and Arkansas are calling on D.C. federal district court Judge James Boasberg to block the states’ 80-hours-per-month work requirement programs. The beneficiaries argue that forcing people to document their work reduces, rather than promotes, health coverage for the poor. Early estimates show the requirements led to the disenrollment of more than 16,000 Arkansans who either didn’t work enough hours or failed to document them.

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