March 29, 2019
U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled that the federal government failed to justify adding work requirements to Kentucky and Arkansas’ Medicaid program. Both decisions remand the Arkansas and Kentucky waivers back to HHS. However, the decisions have a larger effect on the Trump Administration and other states pursuing work requirements as a condition for remaining enrolled in Medicaid. And we are already seeing that ripple effect. After the ruling was released, an Idaho Senate committee rejected a House bill that would have implemented work requirements.