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Aug 21, 2018

Health Care Primer: Medicaid And ACA Wars Continue, Lawsuits Be Damned

Three low-income Arkansans currently enrolled in Medicaid sued the Trump administration last week over its approval of strict work requirements for enrollees in the state, rules they say threaten to kick them and thousands of others off their coverage. The legal arguments in the case are very similar to the one that successfully struck down Kentucky’s Medicaid work requirement in June, essentially saying that Trump’s HHS violated both the Medicaid statute and the Constitution in approving the rules without taking into account the harm they could cause. In Arkansas, the only state so far to actually implement a work requirement, that harm is imminent. Thousands of people could lose their insurance this summer after failing to navigate the new online-only system for filing their work hours. But these lawsuits are not stopping or slowing down the Trump administration’s crusade for Medicaid restrictions. Politico reports that HHS is on the brink of approving work requirements in at least three more states — Arizona,…

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