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Administration Optimistic It Can Sidestep Judge’s Ruling On Kentucky Medicaid Work Requirements

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The judge blocked Kentucky’s attempt to add work requirements to its Medicaid program because officials had failed to consider the estimate that it would cause 95,000 low-income people to lose coverage. Now, Trump administration officials say that if they provide a fuller record showing that they considered the evidence that they’ll be able to move forward.

A Green Card Or Health Care? Possible Trump Proposal Could Make Legal Immigrants Have To Choose

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Experts are most worried about the way the rule, which would expand the definition of “public charge,” will affect children’s health. The proposal is set to include: children’s health insurance; Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Plan (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps); Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC; tax credits for low- to moderate-income families; and housing and transit subsidies.

If Legal Immigrants Used Medicaid They Could Be Denied Green Card Under Proposed Plan From Trump

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Under long-standing federal law, a noncitizen can be denied admission or permanent legal status if immigration authorities determine the person is likely to become a “public charge” — that is, someone reliant on government programs. The Trump administration’s proposal would dramatically expand the criteria used to determine whether someone is likely to become a burden.

Coalition Of State Attorneys General Sues To Block Association Health Plans Rule

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The Trump administration says the regulation would help small businesses and self-employed workers to afford insurance, but the 12 Democratic state attorneys general contend that the plans would undermine patient protections put in place by the health law. Meanwhile, House Democrats are pushing Republicans to agree to protect preexisting conditions coverage.

Progressive-Favorite ‘Medicare For All’ Takes A Battering From Trump Administration Health Officials

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HHS Secretary Alex Azar criticized the plan only a day after CMS Administrator Seema Verma said that it would become “Medicare For None” if the system were enacted. “Medicare is running out of other people’s money, and those other people happen to be our children,” Azar said. The secretary also spoke about plans for overhauling the Medicare billing structure.