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Federal court to hear arguments in case over Matt Bevin’s Medicaid work requirements plan

A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., will hear arguments Friday in a case to decide whether Kentucky and other states can enact sweeping changes to Medicaid that include requiring some adults to prove they are working in order to keep health coverage. It’s a key event in the ongoing battle over whether states can require low-income adults, mostly those added to Medicaid through an expansion under the Affordable Care Act, to report work or volunteer hours, pay premiums or meet other new rules. “The Oct. 11 hearing is a huge moment,” said Judith Solomon, a senior fellow on health who follows Medicaid for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington. “This is really the bellwether for all the cases.”

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