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Jul 24, 2018

Health Care Primer: Kentucky Medicaid Redux

After weeks of radio silence, the Trump administration finally announced their response to a federal court ruling striking down Kentucky’s Medicaid work requirements, which sent the rules back to the Department of Health and Human Services. Because the court said Trump’s HHS “entirely failed to consider” that tens of thousands of people will likely lose their health insurance under the new rules, the agency is reopening the public comment period for just 30 days and will in all likelihood reissue its approval. It’s unclear whether the public comments will be any better this time around, as the intervening weeks have shown the restrictive Medicaid rules to be a disaster for Kentucky and the other states where they have been approved so far. A new report from Fitch Ratings finds that Kentucky’s spending on administering Medicaid has jumped 40 percent due to the onerous work requirements, which require state employees to verify that all non-exempt adults on Medicaid are working at least…

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