Lawsuit seeks to block Indiana’s Medicaid work requirements

Four Indiana residents have sued the federal government over the state’s plan to implement work requirements for low-income residents who receive their health insurance through Medicaid.

Posted: Sep 24, 2019 12:39 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Four Indiana residents have sued the federal government over the state’s plan to implement work requirements for low-income residents who receive their health insurance through Medicaid.

The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Washington comes after rulings have blocked similar work requirements in Arkansas, Kentucky and New Hampshire.

Indiana’s program would require those not qualifying for exemptions to report 20 hours a month of work or related activity or face coverage loss after Dec. 31.

The lawsuit filed by Indiana Legal Services and the National Health Law Program maintains the rules wrongly jeopardize health coverage for thousands of people.

Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office tells The Journal Gazette that the requirements are intended “to ensure Hoosiers can easily skill up, volunteer in their community, or get a better-paying job.”

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