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KY Beneficiaries Ask Court To Again Block Medicaid Work Requirements

Medicaid advocates are asking the federal judge who has already blocked Kentucky’s work requirement program from going into effect once to do so again, as the latest version of the lawsuit says the version of Kentucky HEALTH that was reapproved by CMS in November shares the same flaws as the prior version.

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A Utah lawmaker is pushing to attach work requirements to the state’s newly approved Medicaid expansion, and if the full legislature agrees, the proposal could delay the implementation of that expansion.