June 30, 2018
I mean, you know.
They worked a lot during slavery.
Let them relax a while.
A U.S. federal judge on Friday blocked Kentucky from implementing work requirements in its Medicaid program, potentially dealing a blow to the Trump administration’s effort to scale back the 50-year-old health insurance program for the poor and disabled.
Kentucky was the first of four states to receive approval from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to require that able-bodied Medicaid recipients work at least 80 hours a month or lose their benefits. Arkansas began this month to implement its work requirements, while Kentucky was set to begin its program on Sunday.
The ruling could threaten the Trump administration effort to put a conservative stamp on Medicaid after the Republican-controlled Congress last year failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, which expanded Medicaid in more than 30 states.
Another eight states await federal approval for similar work requirements. Virginia and Michigan have passed work requirements through their statehouses.
According to Kentucky state estimates, nearly 100,000 people could be eliminated from the Medicaid rolls within five years under the requirements.
U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington, D.C., ruled that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services never adequately considered whether Kentucky’s plan will actually help the state furnish medical assistance to state residents.
“At bottom, the record shows that 95,000 people would lose Medicaid coverage, and yet the (department) paid no attention to that deprivation,” Boasberg wrote, sending Kentucky’s proposal back to HHS for further review.
Send it to SCOTUS.
See what they say.