Medicaid

Kentucky's Medicaid work requirements are back in court

Kentucky woman with sign that says save medicare saves lives
Protestors in Kentucky who want the Affordable Care Act. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Kentucky’s plan to impose Medicaid work requirements is being re-challenged in court, after it was re-approved by the Trump administration this past November.

Flashback: Kentucky was the first state to win approval for Medicaid work requirements last year.

Blue states' health plans risk industry backlash

California Gov. Gavin Newsom
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (Photo: Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

As blue states roll out ambitious plans to expand public health care coverage, they’ll have to walk a fine line to keep the health care industry — with its lobbying and advocacy muscle — on board.

The big picture: Industry groups like doctors and hospitals generally support efforts to cover the uninsured, even through public plans that aren’t very lucrative. But once policymakers start trying to use those programs to cut prices throughout the health care system, industry can become a powerful enemy.

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