Speaking for the Record: The Public Health Implications of Medicaid Work Experiments

In June, a federal district court ruled in Stewart v Azar that the HHS Secretary acted unlawfully in approving Kentucky’s Medicaid work demonstration, because he never even considered the issue that lies at the heart of any federally-sanctioned experiment carried our pursuant to § 1115 of the Social Security Act – how the demonstration will promote the objectives of the program that is the subject of the experiment.  In Medicaid’s case, that objective is to give people medical assistance – the means by