Kentucky Residents Again Seek to Block New Medicaid Rules


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Sixteen Kentucky residents have again asked a federal judge to block new eligibility requirements for Medicaid.

The group, led by a trio of advocacy organizations, wants a federal judge to block Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan that would require some Medicaid recipients to get a job, go to school or volunteer to keep their health coverage.

Bevin’s plan was supposed to go into effect last July. But U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg blocked the rules from taking effect. The Bevin administration made some small changes, which the federal government approved. The new rules are scheduled to take effect in April.

Kentucky Health and Family Services Cabinet Secretary Adam Meier said he was not surprised by the legal challenge, saying the agency would continue working to implement the new rules.

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