Federal Judge Cancels Medicaid Labor Requirements


A federal judge prevented Arkansas and Kentucky from asking Medicaid beneficiaries to work or train to work as a prerequisite for enrolling in the program.

The decision was made Wednesday by federal judge James Boasberg of the US District Court of Columbia, appointed by former President Barack Obama. The decision can be appealed and eventually brought to the Supreme Court.

The issue was rules approved by the Trump administration in the states, forcing some people to work, volunteer or take classes 80 hours a month to stay in Medicaid. The complainants stated that the rules were illegal and did not serve Medicaid's purpose.

The administration has argued that Medicaid, a program jointly funded by States and the federal government could go beyond simply covering health care and help beneficiaries improve their living conditions by earning more money and obtaining private health insurance coverage.

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