Trump Administration Appeals Ruling On Arkansas, Kentucky Work Requirements

Apr 10, 2019

File photo of Gov. Asa Hutchinson on March 6, 2017 detailing proposed changes to the state's Medicaid expansion program. One of the changes included implementation of a work requirement for recipients which a federal judge tossed out last month.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Trump administration is appealing recent rulings by a federal judge that blocked work requirements for some low-income people on Medicaid.

The rulings last month by Judge James Boasberg in Washington, D.C., blocked work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky. The Arkansas requirements were already in effect, while in Kentucky they are a top priority for Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.

The Justice Department filed notice on Wednesday appealing to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Boasberg had ruled that the Trump administration's approval of work requirements for "able bodied" adults created numerous obstacles to getting health care that federal and state officials failed to resolve.

The administration argues that work promotes health, and officials say they'll keep approving such requests from states.