Apr 11, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Trump administration fights on for Medicaid work requirements

In this image, Trump gives a thumbs up over the CMS administrator, who is clapping. American flag is behind both of them.

President Trump with CMS administrator Seema Verma. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Trump administration appealed a recent court decision striking down Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky and Arkansas, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: Work requirements are one of the Trump administration's signature health care achievements, especially after failing to reform Medicaid through the 2017 health care bill.

Details: The decision, which the administration appealed on Wednesday, came from two weeks ago and was the second time that work requirements have been blocked in court.

What to watch: If Trump's appeal is successful, other red states will undoubtedly continue to pursue work requirements with the administration's blessing. Just this week, Idaho added work requirements to the Medicaid expansion approved by voters in November.

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