Politico, June 29, 2018
Rachana Pradhan


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A federal judge has blocked Kentucky from instituting the first-ever Medicaid work requirements, potentially dealing a major blow to the Trump administration's efforts to scale back the health care program for the poor.

The decision Friday afternoon came in response to a lawsuit filed by several advocacy groups on behalf of 16 Kentucky Medicaid enrollees who protested the work requirement and other provisions of the Kentucky plan, including additional costs on enrollees.

The ruling carries broad implications for Republicans across the country hoping to trim enrollment in Medicaid, which now covers more than 70 million Americans. Three other states have received federal approval for work rules — Arkansas, Indiana and New Hampshire — and several other states are seeking permission. The Arkansas work requirement took effect earlier this month. [...]

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