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Arkansas to Drop Almost 4,400 From Medicaid Over Trump’s Work Requirement

  • State cuts 4,353 from low-income health-insurance program
  • Work requirements are part of push by states, White House
An examination room at a clinic.
Photographer: Kholood Eid/Bloomberg

An Arkansas policy backed by the Trump administration that requires people to have a job or lose Medicaid coverage will drop 4,353 people from the health program.

The Trump administration in January allowed states to propose so-called work requirements in Medicaid, the state-federal health-care program that covers more than 73 million low-income Americans. It’s the first time the federal government has allowed a work requirement in the program since it was created in 1965, and part of a broader effort by the administration to put new conditions on people who use government assistance programs.