U.S. District Judge Strikes Medicaid Work Requirements / by AzHHA

Debbie Johnston, Senior Vice President of Policy Development

A federal judge on Wednesday struck down Medicaid work requirements for able-bodied adults in Arkansas and Kentucky. The requirements are somewhat similar to community engagement requirements that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has approved in Arizona. The rulings, which were made by U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg, found the requirements pose numerous obstacles to getting health care that have not been adequately addressed by federal officials and state officials in Arkansas and Kentucky. Consistent with the ruling, matter has been remanded back to the Department of Health and Human Services.