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The courts are withdrawing disputes over Medicaid’s labor claims

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court announced on Thursday that it had overturned forthcoming arguments by the Trump administration over a plan to transform Medicaid, requiring recipients to work at the request of the Biden administration.

The court was due to hear the case on March 29. But the Biden administration has already made a preliminary decision that the job requirements do not meet Medicaid’s goal of providing health care to lower-income people.

This is the fifth time since the November presidential election that a change of administration has forced the court to close or postpone cases that have already been agreed.

Other cases involved the Trump administration’s immigration policy, fighting over unpublished parts of a large jury document obtained by special adviser Robert Mueller from an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The Supreme Court in December agreed to review a lower court ruling in Arkansas and New Hampshire that found that the Trump administration’s support for labor requirements exceeded the law. Arkansas opposed the Biden administration’s request to drop the case.

Medicaid is a $ 600 billion federal government program that covers about 70 million people, from pregnant women to infants to the disabled to nursing home residents. Under the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, states acquired the program to expand for very low-income adults who were not previously eligible. As a result, more than 12 million people received coverage.

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