Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issue statements late Friday in support of a decision earlier in the day by the U.S. Supreme Court to hear oral arguments on Arkansas’ Medicaid Expansion Community-Engagement Requirement, otherwise known as Arkansas Works.
Arkansas Works is a pilot Medicaid expansion program designed to encourage able-bodied Arkansans without dependents to transition into the workforce.
The Washington Post reports Arkansas and New Hampshire want to continue programs halted by lower courts, and more than a dozen other states say they want to impose similar requirements.
A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in February that President Trump’s health officials were “arbitrary and capricious” in allowing Arkansas to launch the program two years ago.