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Judge's Ruling Slows Plans for Medicaid Work Requirement

The Trump administration's drive to wean poor people from government benefits by making them work has been slowed by a federal judge framing a fundamental question: Are poverty programs meant to show tough love or to help the needy? U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg in Washington last week halted Kentucky's first-in-the-nation experiment with Medicaid work requirements, ruling that the Trump administration glossed over potential coverage losses. He sent the state's plan back to federal authorities for a harder look. The debate goes well beyond Medicaid, the federal-state health program for low-income and disabled people. (Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press)

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