Telebriefing: Upcoming Oral Arguments on Work Requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky
On March 14, 2019, federal judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will hear oral arguments on the legality of Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky. The Arkansas work requirement program took effect June 1, 2018, resulting in approximately 18,000 people losing Medicaid coverage so far; it is estimated an additional 30,000 people will lose coverage if the program continues in 2019. Kentucky’s work program will take effect on July 1, 2019, and it is estimated that at least 90,000 individuals will lose coverage if the court allows the program to go forward.
On March 11th, Families USA, the National Health Law Program, and Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families held a telebriefing discussing the national implications for the upcoming oral arguments and the subsequent decision on the legality of Medicaid work requirements.