As Arkansas ushers in new Trump-era Medicaid rules, thousands fear losing benefits image

Reuters, July 10, 2018
By Yasmeen Abutaleb, quoting Allison K. Hoffman (Academic Fellow Alumna)

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Days after the ruling, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin cut dental and vision benefits for some 460,000 state Medicaid recipients, saying the benefits were dependent on implementation of the community engagement requirements. Without the new rules, “immediate benefit reductions would be required to compensate for the increasing costs of expanded Medicaid,” said Doug Hogan, spokesman for the state’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Some legal experts say the ruling could thwart the Trump administration’s Medicaid blueprint, should residents in other states bring similar lawsuits.

“It points to the failure of the administration to provide a legitimate record to justify the approval,” said Allison Hoffman, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. “It’s unlikely that they’re going to come up with the kind of evidence they need to show that the requirements here actually make poor people healthier.”

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