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Work Requirements in Kentucky (Guest: Anne-Tyler Morgan)

April 4, 2019

Anne-Tyler Morgan, Senior Fellow at the newly founded Pegasus Institute, joins to discuss on the recent block (again) of Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky.

The relatively new Pegasus Institute in Kentucky has been tracking changes in the health care sector for the last few years. They have paid particular attention to the Medicaid expansion and work requirement battle as states use 1115 waivers to design and establish the Medicaid program to suit their state needs.

Anne-Tyler Morgan, a senior fellow with the Pegasus Institute, speaks with The Heartland Institute about Kentucky's ongoing battle with a District Judge in Washington, DC who has once again blocked their Medicaid community engagement requirements (sometimes called a work requirement) on grounds that look increasingly political as opposed to practical. Morgan provides details about the Medicaid program in Kentucky, how their Gov. Matt Bevin has sought to make sure it helps those truly in need of its services while finding ways to pay for it, and how his plans have been thwarted by a Washington DC judge. She also notes that the issue will very likely end up before the Supreme Court at some point so the country has a guideline for exactly how Medicaid can be handled at the state level and what kind of role government will have in mandating coverage and protecting health care of the truly indigent.

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Sarah Lee is a policy advisor for health care and a host of Heartland's Health Care News podcast.