States vow to press on with Medicaid work requirements


By: Tami Luhby

Arkansas and Kentucky officials are vowing to continue the fight to implement work requirements in their Medicaid programs despite a US District Court judge striking down the mandates.

Consumer advocates, however, argue that work requirements hurt people’s ability to rise out of poverty.
“Taking people’s health care away does not allow you to be able to work more,” said Kelly Whitener, associate professor at Georgetown’s Center for Children and Families. “It has the opposite effect.”
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