U.S. Appeals Panel Upholds Block Of Medicaid Work Requirements

Feb 14, 2020

The addition of a work requirement was a key component of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's Arkansas Works plan, which he was unveiling in this file photo from March 6, 2017.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A federal appeals court panel in Washington has upheld a lower court's decision that blocked the Trump administration's work requirements for Medicaid recipients.

Friday's decision from a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., found the Arkansas work requirements for Medicaid recipients to be “arbitrary and capricious.”

The Trump administration has allowed states to require able-bodied adults drawing Medicaid benefits to work, volunteer or study. Officials argue that work can make people healthier.

Nearly 20 states are in various stages of trying to implement work requirements.

Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he's hopeful that the U.S. Supreme Court will review the case.