Court Blocks Kentucky's Medicaid Work Rules

Kentucky's plan to require many Medicaid recipients to work, get job training or volunteer has been blocked by a federal judge.

The Trump administration's approval of the plan was "arbitrary and capricious" because it did not fully weigh whether the plan would "help the state furnish medical assistance to its citizens, a central objective of Medicaid," Judge James E. Boasberg of Federal District Court for the District of Columbia rule Friday, The New York Times reported.

Implementation of the plan had been scheduled to begin next week and completed by the end of the year.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has said if the courts block the plan, he will end Medicaid expansion in Kentucky. Adam Meier, the state's top health official, said he would work with the Trump administration to "quickly resolve the single issue raised by the court so that we can move forward," The Times reported.

If quick implementation of the plan is not possible, "we will have no choice but to make significant benefit reductions," Meier said.

Three other states have also been given permission by the Trump administration to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients, and seven more states have asked to do so, The Times reported.

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