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Sam Baker Jan 12
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New Medicaid rules will face lawsuits almost immediately

The Trump administration will appove Medicaid work requirements. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

The Trump administration will have to clear some potentially difficult legal hurdles before it can fully implement the new Medicaid restrictions it announced yesterday. As soon as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services actually approves a state’s proposed work requirements — which could happen any time — it will likely find itself in court.

What to watch: Nick Bagley, a health law expert at the University of Michigan, told me CMS will have to defend these waivers on two fronts when it’s inevitably sued: It will have to argue that they advance Medicaid’s objectives, and that they’re legitimate policy experiments designed to test a hypothesis about the relationship between health and work.