Trump Administration Faces Lawsuit Over Kentucky Medicaid Work Requirements

Trump Administration Faces Lawsuit Over Kentucky Medicaid Work Requirements

Progressive advocacy groups sued the Trump administration this week in an attempt to block work requirements and some other changes in the Kentucky Medicaid program. This potentially could define and limit the conservative efforts to revitalize the program in several states. The lawsuit was filed in a federal district court in D.C on the behalf of 15 plaintiffs. The claim is that the work requirements are illegal and extend over the authority of the administration. The wavier in Kentucky would impose requirements for participation in work or work related activities and could lock beneficiaries out of the program for failing to report income change. Some beneficiaries would be exempt, like pregnant women and the medically frail. Republicans are seeking to overhaul the healthcare system by adding provisions to Medicaid such as work requirements, drug testing and lifetime limits. The goal is that people will comply with these requirements or be motivated to see jobs with other health coverage if they cannot or chose not to comply with government stipulations. These reforms are the first step in healthcare overhaul.

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