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Trump Can’t Make Arkansas, Kentucky Medicaid Recipients Work (4)

March 27, 2019, 9:22 PMUpdated: March 28, 2019, 2:25 PM

A federal judge blocked Kentucky and Arkansas from requiring some Medicaid recipients to work, another setback for a Trump administration policy that other states are seeking to adopt.

In simultaneous rulings, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington decided on March 27 that work rules in the two states shouldn’t stand. He’d ruled against the requirements in Kentucky once before.

“The secretary’s failure to consider the effects of the project on coverage alone renders his decision arbitrary and capricious,” Boasberg wrote of the Arkansas program’s approval by Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

The judge based that...

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