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LANSING — A U.S. district judge’s ruling that work requirements for Medicaid recipients should not have been approved in Kentucky and Arkansas could lead to a similar ruling in Michigan, say critics of the requirements lawmakers approved last year.

Judge James Boasberg in Washington, D.C., recently ruled work requirements to receive Medicaid in Kentucky and Arkansas are “arbitrary and capricious.”  That may also affect states with similar laws, according to Families USA, a nonprofit health care organization.

Michigan is one of those. Republican lawmakers pursued work requirements for Medicaid recipients enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan last year, said Alex Rossman, the communications director for the Michigan League for Public Policy. They take effect next year.

Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, sponsored the bill that added the work requirements after President Donald Trump gave the OK for states to do so in 2017, said Rossman, whose agency opposed them.

“Michigan has very similar laws to those in Kentucky and Arkansas since we followed through with passing these laws so soon after,” Rossman said. “A lot of the reasons that the judge decided work requirements shouldn’t be there applies to Michigan as well.” Mar 29, 2019 – Capital News Service

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