Think Progress reports
on the first suit filed over Kentucky's recently approved plan to have a work requirement for Medicaid.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson
has proposed a similar requirement and it is awaiting federal approval. When it is approved, as it is expected to be, a lawsuit is expected in Arkansas as well.
Hutchinson has not yet said, as has the governor Kentucky, that he'll end the Medicaid expansion program altogether if a court rules federal Medicaid law prohibits this restriction. In Kentucky, that could mean a loss of coverage of 400,000 people. In Arkansas, as many as 300,000.
The theory in the lawsuit is that the administration bypassed Congress in making changes to Medicaid that are not part of the objective of the law (to provide medical coverage for needy people). Critics say most of those who can work already are working.