Will the U.S. Supreme Court eventually review work requirements for Medicaid? One group says it's probably coming.
In late June, an Obama-appointed federal judge struck down Kentucky's work requirements for Medicaid and ordered the Trump administration to reconsider its openness to states requiring able-bodied adults to work, train, or volunteer in order to keep their benefits.
Kentucky was the first state approved by the Trump administration to move forward and other states have followed Kentucky's example.
"With the court striking down Kentucky's work requirement, that does create a problem for states like Mississippi that are in a kind of limbo until we see how the federal government is going to respond to this court decision," says Dr. Jameson Taylor of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy.
"I think in fact that this may end up in the Supreme Court," Taylor observes, "but I'm also confident that in the Supreme Court, the Court is going to uphold the work requirement."
Taylor points to the court ruling in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius.
"The court reminded states that they are sovereign entities," explains Taylor. "To be sovereign means that they are responsible and they have authority over some of these things like Medicaid, and so I would expect that the Court would also say, Hey, states should have some control over their Medicaid programs."