Backed Medicaid work requirement rejected by United States appeals court

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks to reporters in Little Rock Ark. A federal appeals court panel in Washington has upheld a lower court's decision that blocked the Trump administration's work requirements for M

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks to reporters in Little Rock Ark. A federal appeals court panel in Washington has upheld a lower court's decision that blocked the Trump administration's work requirements for M

The federal appeals court slammed the Trump administration in its ruling for not considering the number of Arkansans who lost coverage under the requirements before they were struck down previous year.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal appeals court panel in Washington has upheld a lower court's decision that blocked the Trump administration's work requirements for Medicaid recipients.

Arkansas and Kentucky both created programs to require certain work thresholds to be met in order to qualify for coverage, which was approved by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Sentelle also added that HHS failed to adequately consider whether the state plan would reduce Medicaid coverage or promote the coverage. As Judge Sentelle's opinion repeatedly notes, the text of the Medicaid Act is clear as to this goal - to provide health care coverage.

"The court recognized the tragic harm that these work requirements have caused people in Arkansas doing their best to get ahead", De Liban said.

Kentucky, under a new Democratic governor, terminated the work requirements at the end of 2019 and asked to dismiss the case at the appeals court.

The ruling could portend similar challenges to other items on the healthcare agenda of President Donald Trump and Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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"CMS remains steadfast in our commitment to considering proposals that would allow states to leverage innovative ideas", the statement added.

What comes next: Nicholas Bagley, a law professor at the University of MI, said he expects all efforts to enforce state-level Medicaid work requirements to be suspended unless and until the Supreme Court reviews the case. Under the plan, Medicaid enrollees are required to work or engage in educational, job training, or job search activities for at least 80 hours per month.

A three-judge panel in Washington, D.C., ruled Friday the mandate violates federal law. Sam Brooke, deputy legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which challenged the work rules, said the "court confirmed that this administration's effort to "explode" Medicaid by converting it from a health care access program to a work program is arbitrary and illegal". "Whatever yarn they spin, this really reins them in". Hutchinson said he's hopeful that the U.S. Supreme Court will review the case.

Medicaid is a $600 billion federal-state program that covers about 70 million people, from pregnant women and newborns to disabled people and elderly nursing home residents.

Healthcare advocates on Friday applauded a federal appeals court decision striking down the Trump administration's Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas after a three-judge panel unanimously ruled that the proposed rule fundamentally disregarded the objective of the safety net program.

The Trump administration has attempted to justify the work requirements by referring to an alternative set of objectives, arguing that they would help people become healthier and financially independent. ME abandoned the work requirement for its low-income health insurance program in January.

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