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Legal Challenges to Medicaid Work Requirements

Earlier this month, oral arguments began in a class action lawsuit brought by 15 Kentucky Medicaid beneficiaries that challenges the legality of the state’s attempt to make employment or community service a requirement for Medicaid eligibility. In a new To the Point post, the Commonwealth Fund’s Sara Collins argues that this and another legal challenge brought by Texas and 19 other Republican-led states have potentially far-reaching implications for the Affordable Care Act and the Medicaid program — and for millions of Americans who depend on them for their health insurance.

Also read a new Commonwealth Fund report in which Sara Rosenbaum, the Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy at George Washington University, explores the central role that the courts have played in shaping Medicaid policy — including eligibility, benefits and coverage, access to care, and provider participation and payment.

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