Supreme Court throws out dispute over Medicaid work requirements

U.S. Supreme Court justices agreed that cases disputing the Trump administration’s approval of Medicaid work rules in Arkansas and New Hampshire are now moot, Bloomberg reported April 18. 

The Supreme Court was supposed to hear arguments in the case March 29, 2021, but canceled the hearing weeks earlier. It was never rescheduled. 

HHS notified the states March 17, 2021, that it was withdrawing the Trump administration's prior approval of the rules that require Medicaid beneficiaries to work, go to school or volunteer to remain in the program, according to Bloomberg. The states were given 30 days to file a written notice of appeal. 

HHS notified the Supreme Court in June 2021 that New Hampshire failed to file an appeal in time, making the department's decision to withdraw the work rules final, according to the report. Arkansas filed its appeal by the deadline, but the original program was only approved through Dec. 31, 2021, and HHS did not extend it.

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