Bloomberg Law
March 5, 2021, 10:36 AM

Medicaid Work Rule Fight Threatens Push to Cover Social Needs

Christopher Brown
Christopher Brown
Staff Correspondent

Medicaid’s ability to address housing, nutrition, transportation, and other social needs that impact people’s health will be in play in a Supreme Court case examining the program’s flexibility in another area: work requirements.

The court is scheduled to hear oral argument March 29 in a lawsuit reviewing the Trump-era Department of Health and Human Service’s approval of work requirements in the Medicaid programs in Arkansas and New Hampshire.

But a court ruling against work requirements could end up cutting back on the HHS’s authority under the Biden administration to let states experiment with Medicaid—undermining hopes of using it in a ...

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