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Appeals Court Rejects Trump Medicaid Work Requirements in Arkansas

The ruling, written by a Reagan appointee, said the administration failed to show how such rules would help Medicaid to meet its mission of covering the poor.

15.2.2020

A new U.S. federal appeals court ruling casts more doubt over the Trump administration efforts to require poor people to work, volunteer or train for a job as a condition of getting government health coverage

The ruling, written by a Reagan appointee, said the administration failed to show how such rules would help Medicaid to meet its mission of covering the poor.

Feb. 14, 2020, 4:30 p.m. ET A federal appeals court panel on Friday unanimously upheld a lower court’s ruling striking down work rules for Medicaid recipients in Arkansas, casting more doubt over broader Trump administration efforts to require poor people to work, volunteer or train for a job as a condition of getting government health coverage. A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found that approval of the Arkansas work requirement by the health and human services secretary, Alex M. Azar, was “arbitrary and capricious” because it did not address how the program would promote the objective of Medicaid as defined under federal law: providing health coverage to the poor. “The means that Congress selected to achieve the objectives of Medicaid was to provide health care coverage to populations that otherwise could not afford it,” Judge David Sentelle, a Reagan appointee, wrote in the ruling. “Importantly, the Secretary disregarded this statutory purpose in his analysis.” Concurring were Judges Cornelia Pillard, an Obama appointee, and Harry Edwards, a Carter appointee. It was not immediately clear whether the Trump administration would appeal to the Supreme Court. In a statement about the ruling, a spokesman for Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, said the agency “is reviewing and evaluating the opinion and determining next steps.” To date, the Trump administration has allowed 10 states to condition Medicaid eligibility for many poor adults on proving that they work or engage in other accepted activities, like volunteering. But only Arkansas had put its work rule into effect. The district court judge who initially struck it down, James E. Boasberg of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, also struck down similar rules in New Hampshire and in Kentucky. The appeals ruling will influence other cases heard in the District of Columbia circuit, and could give further pause to states outside the circuit pursuing work requirements. Many of the seven others that enacted such requirements — Arizona, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, South Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin — have voluntarily put them on hold while the court battles play out. The latest rejection makes it all but impossible for the administration to get work requirements in place anywhere before the November election. There are outstanding lawsuits over work requirements in Indiana and Michigan as well as in New Hampshire. Kentucky’s new governor, Andy Beshear, has rescinded that state’s work rule. The Arkansas work rule led to more than 18,000 people there losing coverage before Judge Boasberg blocked it in March, leading the Trump administration to appeal. Even many Medicaid recipients who had jobs there were either unaware of the rule or confused about how to report their work hours to the state every month. The rules require “able-bodied” adults to report to the state every month that they have worked, searched or trained for a job, taken classes or volunteered in order to keep receiving Medicaid health coverage, which is largely free. Ms. Verma has repeatedly said such activities can improve people’s health and help them “rise out of poverty and government dependence.” In approving Medicaid work rules under a waiver program that allows states to spend federal Medicaid funds in ways that would not normally be allowed, Mr. Azar said the objective was to improve health outcomes. Employment, he said, was “positively correlated with health outcomes.” But the appeals panel noted that experiments approved under the Medicaid waiver program were supposed to be “likely to assist in promoting the objectives” of Medicaid. Mr. Azar, the panel ruled, had not done due diligence to ensure Arkansas work requirements would meet that goal. In fact, the ruling noted that when the work rule was first proposed, many commenters expressed concerns that it would lead to people losing coverage, but that Mr. Azar had not taken heed. “The text of the statute includes one primary purpose, which is providing health care coverage without any restriction geared to healthy outcomes, financial independence or transition to commercial coverage,” the ruling said. The Read more: The New York Times

Yea! I wish America didnt have Medicaid, Medicare or social security. Happy Valentine’s Day💕 They don’t have to work. The only requirement remains voting Democrat like always. Why should people have to work? That’s a crazy concept only a Nazi would endorse. And in a more just world the judge called Donald trump to the bench, slapped him in the face and called him a piece of garbage for wanting to take away healthcare from poor people while living off an inherited fortune (the legal issues were mentioned afterwards)

Hooray! Good Interesting. Is this more fake news? I wonder how much someone would bet on this being fake news...?

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People should work if they’re able. The legacy welfare system goes on with the middle class paying. The very rich and poor are protected in the USA. Thank the lord I know plenty sucking it up that could work. I...don’t get what’s supposed to be wrong with this. Trump will stop at nothing. The Republican Senate, except Romney, has given him a greenlight to do whatever the hell he wants. He will lie to all & destroy anyone in his way. And he will do just as he pleases. We have only begun to see his wrath. Vote out all who supported him!

TDS It will be put in place.

Appeals Court Rejects Trump Administration Approval of Work Requirements for MedicaidA federal appeals court ruled the Trump administration acted unlawfully when it allowed the state of Arkansas to impose requirements that some lower-income residents work or seek job training as a condition of receiving Medicaid health coverage. PLEASE MAKE THIS GO VIRAL. He HAS NOT learned his lesson. This one admittance from him today that he admits sending giuliani to Ukraine constitutes another charge for impeachment. He really thinks he is invincible. IMPEACHEHISASSAGAIN SECONDTIMEAROUNDISSOMUCHBETTER Like always Trump wil win in Supreme Court Good thing they didn't humiliate Roberts in front of the world recently. 🤔🤣

Are you see that Are you see that Modern day slaverie the 1% must be proud!!! People are poor because they don't work The president who starves the poor to feed the rich. Why not free is not free 😂😂😂 People should have basic needs met. People with disabilities should be given help. People who can work should work and not expect handouts for nothing. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.

Just keep on Berning it down! 😢

Appeals court rejects Trump-approved Medicaid work requirementsThe decision brings the Trump administration’s Medicaid overhaul closer to possible review from the Supreme Court. If you ever think to take away Medicaid AMERICAN WILL KICK YOUR ASS!!!!! in THE 2020 election. even though you are going to lose the ELECTION!!!! Interesting how hard the trump administration is working to bring harm to our less advantaged people. The very people considered his 'base.' It's as though trump enjoys inflicting pain on people...then demands their support. And they give it. One of the great imponderables.

Federal court strikes down Trump administration's Medicaid work requirementsA federal appeals court rejected a Trump administration rule that allowed Arkansas and other states to impose work requirements on its low-income residents who received Medicaid benefits, further blocking a marquee issue for the president. Good. Good realDonaldTrump right now..

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