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Kentucky's Medicaid Work Rule Blocked by Federal Judge

The new requirements were scheduled to take effect Sunday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 29, 2018 6:35 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A federal judge has blocked Kentucky's work requirements for Medicaid and has ordered the Trump administration to reconsider the program, reports the AP. US District Judge James E. Boasberg ruled the Trump administration did not adequately consider whether the work requirements and other changes would help the state give its residents access to health care. Because of that, Boasberg said the Trump administration's decision was "arbitrary and capricious." Kentucky was the first state in the country to approve the requirement that some of its Medicaid recipients get a job or do some other type of work to keep their Medicaid benefits. The new rules were scheduled to take effect Sunday. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has vowed to eliminate Medicaid coverage for more than 400,000 people if his proposal is ultimately struck down. (Read more public health stories.)

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