Medicaid work requirements in these 2 states blocked by federal judge

Medicaid work requirements in these 2 states blocked by federal judge

Medicaid work requirements in these 2 states blocked by federal judge

Washington, D.C. District Court judge James Boasberg struck down work requirements in Kentucky and Arkansas, ruling that the waivers granted by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar were not valid because work requirements do not further the Medicaid Act's mission of improving public health.

In Arkansas alone, 115,000 poor and working-class Arkansas residents took part in "Arkansas Works". He said on Twitter last night that anyone encountering problems in reapplying for Medicaid coverage can call Legal Aid of Arkansas at 800-967-9224. In one of those states, Virginia, a work requirement was key to getting the legislature to approve Medicaid expansion.

A federal judge scrapped Medicaid "community engagement" requirements in two states on Wednesday, declaring that mandating such activities runs counter to the objective of the program, according to theAssociated Press.

The governor whose state is at the center of the fight over work requirements for Medicaid recipients said Thursday he wants to fight a judge's ruling blocking those rules, while Republicans elsewhere are trying to determine the decision's effect on their state.

Under the work requirements - which vary among the states in terms of which age groups are exempt and how many hours are required - enrollees generally have to prove they have a job, go to school or are volunteers.

"As long as they hold on to hope that some judge will rule in their favor, states will continue to pursue work requirements", Wilson said.

He sent the federal Health and Human Services Department back to the drawing board.

The future of Arkansas' expansion following the ruling faces a test on Friday, when the state House takes up the budget bill for Medicaid and the expansion. She has claimed that denying low-income people health coverage is actually good for them, insisting that "it is not compassionate to trap people on government programs or create greater dependency on public assistance". One Arkansas plaintiff, 40-year-old Adrian McGonigal, understood he had to show proof of work and did so once, despite a lack of access and facility with computers. And so it promoted this idea state to state, and now it's looking like it's going to be hard to implement.


IN officials said they planned to move forward with their work requirements despite the ruling.

On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled to undo approval of Kentucky's Medicaid waiver.

"Arkansas might use the time while the program is paused to consider whether and how to better educate persons about the requirements and how to satisfy them", he wrote.

Critics of the work policy hailed the latest ruling, which many expected since Boasberg last June stopped Kentucky from moving ahead with an earlier plan for work requirements. So the judge said all these arguments that they - these states and the HHS made that this program has other benefits 'cause it reduces - it brings people out of poverty in the end reduces health care coverage, and that is what is the most important.

A new report from The Commonwealth Fund found that work requirements would leave hospitals with lower revenues, higher levels of uncompensated care and, consequently, even tighter operating margins.

In Arkansas, thousands of adults failed to tell the state their work status for three consecutive months, which led to disenrollment.

Eight states have had their requests approved, though not all have put their programs in place, according to the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

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