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Jul 3, 2018

Health Care Primer: Kentucky Smackdown Edition

A federal court struck a major blow on Friday against the Trump administration’s crusade for Medicaid work requirements — a pillar of the government’s health care agenda. D.C. District Court Judge James Boasberg’s scathing ruling raked the Trump administration over the coals for approving Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver without considering the massive coverage losses the new rules would trigger in the state — 95,000 fewer people insured by the state’s own estimate. Already, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) is making good on his threat to punish Medicaid recipients in his state if he lost in court. Over the weekend, the state notified about 460,000 adults enrolled in the Medicaid expansion that their dental and vision care would be cut off. People who were enrolled in Medicaid before the state expanded will not be impacted. Bevin has additionally threatened to end the state’s Medicaid expansion entirely, but only after all appeals are exhausted in the battle over the work requirements waiver. And though the…

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