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SPLC statement on judge’s order blocking Trump administration’s Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky and Arkansas

A federal judge today rejected the Trump administration’s efforts to require people who depend on Medicaid to work in exchange for health benefits in Kentucky and Arkansas.

The court reaffirmed the rights of financially insecure individuals to access health care, and concluded once again that these “waivers” create unnecessary bureaucratic red tape and are arbitrary and capricious.

The ruling is a significant rebuff of the Trump administration’s cruel attempts to turn Medicaid – a program designed to ensure access to health care – into a work program.

The ruling is the result of lawsuits that the SPLC, the National Health Law Program (NHELP) and co-counsels from the Kentucky Equal Justice Center and Legal Aid of Arkansas filed against the Trump administration for approving the requirements in both states.