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Ruling Has Ohio Reviewing Its Plan On Medicaid Expansion Work Requirements

Mar 29, 2019

A US District Court judge has thrown out Medicaid work requirements in two states, saying they are arbitrary and capricious.  

Ohio is now reviewing its plan to impose work requirements on people in Medicaid expansion, which was just approved by the federal government two weeks ago. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

Ohio Medicaid notes in a statement that its work requirements differ from those in Arkansas and Kentucky, the two states in the lawsuit.

Sally Pipes is President of the conservative Pacific Research Institute, based in California, and she said the ruling won’t stop states from going forward with work requirements.

“Many of the cases that go through the court and overturn good legislation – or bad – end up in the Supreme Court, and I think that’s why a lot of states will continue to move forward with their Medicaid work requirement plans," Pipes said.

Ohio’s plan is to require non-disabled Medicaid expansion recipients to work 20 hours a week if they're not over 50, caregivers or in job training, college or community service.

It’s estimated just over 109,000 Ohioans might be subject to work requirements.