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U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Block on Arkansas Medicaid Work Requirement

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Kevin De Liban
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A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously found an experimental Arkansas Medicaid waiver program to be unlawful.

Similar demonstration projects are under development in over fifteen other states. In Arkansas, certain adults aged 19 to 49 must fulfill certain work requirements to receive medical benefits under the state's expanded Medicaid program titled, "Arkansas Works."

Kevin De Liban, an attorney with Legal Aid of Arkansas, is among a national team of lawyers representing Medicaid enrollees affected by the waiver project.

De Liban spoke with Jacqueline Froelich with Fayetteville station KUAF about the ramifications of Friday's ruling.

Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative journalist and has been a news producer for KUAF National Public Radio since 1998. She covers politics, the environment, energy, business, education, history, race and culture. Her radio segments have been nationally syndicated. She is also a station-based national correspondent for NPR in Washington DC., and recipient of eight national and state broadcast awards.
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