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N.H. to Appeal Medicaid Work Requirement Ruling

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office says it will appeal a federal judge's ruling that blocked the implementation of the state’s Medicaid work requirement, making New Hampshire the third Republican-led state to appeal such a ruling.

On Monday, the same U.S. District Court judge that blocked similar work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky blocked New Hampshire's work requirement. In his ruling the judge even wrote, "we have all seen this movie before."

Now another scene in that movie is playing out as New Hampshire says it will appeal the ruling just as Arkansas and Kentucky have.

New Hampshire's law would have required some people on expanded Medicaid to work or engage in other qualifying activities for at least 100 hours each month or risk losing their health insurance.

When the state turned on the requirement earlier this summer, it had problems reaching a majority of the people who were affected by the rule change.

Rulings in the Arkansas and Kentucky appeals could come sometime this fall. The outcomes will likely shed light on what New Hampshire can expect.

Jason Moon is a senior reporter and producer on the Document team. He has created longform narrative podcast series on topics ranging from unsolved murders, to presidential elections, to secret lists of police officers.
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