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CMS punts on controversial plan to roll back Medicaid expansion

CMS Administrator Seema Verma. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Federal health officials approved a new set of Medicaid work requirements today — this time in Arkansas — but punted on the state’s more aggressive proposal to roll back the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion.

Why it matters: The Trump administration has made clear that it will help states pare back their Medicaid programs. But the split decision today in Arkansas suggests there may be limits to how far it’s able or willing to go.