January 10, 2020

Around the nation: Appeals court dismisses lawsuit challenging Kentucky's Medicaid work requirements

Daily Briefing

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed the lawsuit after Kentucky's recently elected governor, Andy Beshear (D), withdrew the state's Medicaid waiver to implement the work requirements, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Georgia, Kentucky, and New York.

    • Georgia: Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young has helped eliminate $1 million in past-due medical debt for 570 families in Atlanta. The Trae Young Foundation partnered with RIP Medical Debt on the effort and donated $10,000 to eliminate $1,059,186 of medical debt, which comes out to about $1,858 per family. Young said he hopes the "families can find a bit of relief knowing that their bills have been taken care of as we enter the New Year" (Kim, CNN, 1/8).

    • Kentucky: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging Kentucky's Medicaid work requirements. The court noted that Kentucky's recently elected governor, Andy Beshear (D), withdrew the state's Medicaid waiver to implement the work requirements, rendering the lawsuit moot. Under former Gov. Matt Bevin (R), Kentucky was the first state to receive CMS' permission to implement Medicaid work requirements, but various lawsuits have placed Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky and other states on hold. Lawsuits challenging work requirements in other states are still pending, Inside Health Policy reports (Romoser, Inside Health Policy, 1/8 [subscription required]).

    • New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) will seek to advance legislation that would place fentanyl analogues on New York's controlled substance list, which would effectively ban the analogues in the state, according to the governor's 2020 agenda released Wednesday. Cuomo said the legislation is part of his plan to fight the opioid epidemic in New York (Wang, Inside Health Policy, 1/8 [subscription required]).
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