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President Trump and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin Photo: SAUL LOEB / AFP / Getty Images

The Trump administration has signed off on the first-ever set of work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today approved work requirements proposed by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, and is likely to approve additional restrictions in other states relatively soon.

The details: Kentucky will now require adults enrolled in Medicaid to perform 80 hours of “community engagement” per month, with some exceptions. That could include “employment, education, job skills training, and community service,” CMS said in its approval letter.

The requirements apply to all beneficiaries between 19 and 64, with exceptions for pregnant women, people who are considered “medically frail,” primary caregivers and people with acute medical conditions.

People who fail to certify they’ve met those requirements in a given month will have their benefits suspended until they meet the new rules or complete a state-approved education program.

Key quote: “We anticipate that the incentives provided under the demonstration for healthy behaviors and community engagement will promote Medicaid's objective of improving beneficiary health,” CMS told Kentucky.

  • That statement is important because work requirements will almost certainly be challenged in court, on the grounds that they don't align with Medicaid's stated goal of providing health care to low-income people.

Go deeper: New Medicaid rules will face lawsuits almost immediately

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Jamal Khashoggi murder suspect arrested in Paris

A person holding a candle and a picture of journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a vigil outside of the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul in October 2018. Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

A suspected member of the hit squad that murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in 2018 was arrested at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris on Tuesday, according to AP.

Why it matters: Khalid Aedh Al-Otaibi — who is one of several people sanctioned by the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries over Khashoggi's murder — was trying to board a flight to Riyadh and is now being held on an arrest warrant from Turkey, AP reports, citing a French judicial official.

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Omicron dashboard

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  1. Health: Americans shrug off Omicron, Axios-Ipsos poll finds — CDC director says number of U.S. Omicron cases "likely to rise."
  2. Vaccines: Omicron gives a shot to boosters — U.S. announces $400M for global COVID vaccine distribution — Vaccine mandates lose steam in the U.S. while Europe doubles down.
  3. States: Gov. Hochul will order some NY hospitals to halt elective surgeries — Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers.
  4. World: EU drug regulator backs mixing COVID vaccines — Poor global equity likely in COVID pill access — CDC raises travel advisories for France, Portugal to highest level amid COVID surge.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.

Mark Meadows will stop cooperating with Jan. 6 panel, attorney says

Photo: Chris Kleponis/Polaris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows will no longer cooperate with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, his attorney told Fox News Tuesday.

Why it matters: Meadows, who failed to appear before the panel last month, is believed to have insight into former President Trump's role in efforts to stop the certification of President Biden's election win.

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