Judge blocks work requirements for Medicaid in Arkansas and Kentucky

Judge strikes blow to Trump administration, citing unresolved obstacles to getting healthcare in the states A federal judge has ruled that Medicaid work requirements undermine the programs mission of providing healthcare for the needy, dealing a blow to the Trump administration. The US district judge James E Boasberg in Washington DC blocked work requirements for low-income people in two states, Arkansas and Kentucky, on Wednesday. He found that the states requirements pose numerous obstacles to getting healthcare that have gone unresolved by federal and state officials. Boasberg sent the federal health and human services department back to the drawing board. But he stopped short of deciding the central question of whether work requirements are incompatible with Medicaid, a federal-state program …

Kentucky governor says he deliberately exposed his children to chickenpox

Matt Bevin said parents worried about the disease should vaccinate their children, but it shouldnt be government mandated Kentucky governor Matt Bevin says he deliberately exposed his children to chickenpox so they would catch the highly contagious disease and become immune. During a Tuesday interview on Bowling Green radio station WKCT, Bevin said his children were miserable for a few days after contracting chickenpox but said they all turned out fine. Bevin and his wife, Glenna, have nine children, four adopted. The Republican leader said parents worried about chickenpox should have their children vaccinated. But he said government shouldnt mandate the vaccination. Kentucky requires that children entering kindergarten be vaccinated for chickenpox, but parents may seek religious exemptions or provide …