Addiction Policy News

Arkansas and Kentucky Work Requirement Programs: Rulings Analysis

April 19, 2019


On March 27, Federal Judge James Boasberg struck down two Medicaid work requirement programs, one in Kentucky and one in Arkansas. His rulings are a win for patients who depend on Medicaid to finance their treatment. While Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, and both Kentucky and Arkansas, plan to appeal his decisions, the rulings have placed work requirement programs across the country on tenuous ground. Additionally, his decisions reaffirmed that the objective of the Medicaid Act also applies to the expansion population created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This helps to ensure that the expansion population will continue to receive the same benefits as traditional Medicaid recipients. 


Analysis of the Kentucky decision is available here.


Analysis of the Arkansas decision is available here.