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Democrats Focus On Medicaid Work Requirements In Race For Coveted Kentucky House Seat

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In a state that leans Republican, Democrats hope to use the latest efforts to add restrictions to Kentucky’s Medicaid program as a rallying point for their congressional candidate, Amy McGrath, who is running against U.S. Rep. Andy Barr. Meanwhile, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer says he’ll still pursue work requirements even after Kentucky’s waiver was blocked by a judge.

Kentucky Governor Cuts Coverage For 460,000 As ‘Unfortunate Consequence’ To Work Requirements Ruling

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Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s office said the Medicaid work requirement changes had offered “a sustainable path” to provide the dental and vision benefits, but said the judge’s move to block them means there’s “no longer a viable method” to provide the services. Some experts say, though, that the announcement is misleading and people will continue receiving their benefits.

Judge Blocks Kentucky’s Medicaid Work Requirements Saying Approval Of Waiver Was ‘Arbitrary And Capricious’

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The case has been closely watched because many states are eager to follow in Kentucky’s footsteps and add restrictions to their Medicaid program now that the government has shown it’s receptive to requests. The decision — which accuses the Trump administration of never adequately considering “whether Kentucky HEALTH would in fact help the state furnish medical assistance to its citizens, a central objective of Medicaid” — was described as “scathing” by health policy experts.