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CMS reapproves Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky

November 20, 2018 / Evan Sweeney

Less than six months after a federal court blocked Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has reapproved the state's waiver. Wednesday's approval (PDF) comes after the agency was forced to restart the waiver application process after approving Kentucky's proposal at the beginning of the year. In June, a D.C. district judge said the agency "never adequately considered whether Kentucky HEALTH would, in fact, help the state furnish medical assistance to its citizens, a central objective of Medicaid." The agency's top officials have shown little willingness to back down since then, recently approving Wisconsin's waiver to implement work requirements.