Trump officials take bold steps on Medicaid

The Hill

By: Nathaniel Weixel

The Trump administration is pulling out all the stops to encourage red states to make conservative changes to Medicaid without congressional input.

Administration officials are pushing ahead and granting approvals to states seeking to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients, even in the face of legal challenges and large-scale losses in the number of people covered.

The approval was announced just one day after administration lawyers were in federal court defending the work requirements for two other states, Arkansas and Kentucky.

“To approve it the day after the court hearing was pretty in-your-face,” said Joan Alker, executive director of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. “It’s a statement of, ‘we’re going to push forward with our policy regardless of what a judge thinks.’ ”

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