From The Lexington Herald-Leader: Federal judge again rejects Bevin’s Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky

By JOHN CHEVES

A federal judge has once again struck down Gov. Matt Bevin’s tougher eligibility rules for people receiving health coverage through Kentucky’s Medicaid program. The new rules were set to take effect next Monday.

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington, D.C. rejected Bevin’s Kentucky HEALTH proposal and returned the matter to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for more consideration. The states cannot refashion Medicaid in any way they choose, Boasberg wrote in an order handed down late Wednesday.

“As a consequence, once again finding the re-approval was both contrary to the (Affordable Care Act) and arbitrary and capricious, the court will vacate and remand to HHS for further review,” Boasberg wrote.

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