Indiana suspends Medicaid work requirements

Indiana temporarily suspended its Medicaid work requirements amid ongoing legal challenges at the federal level.

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration paused the requirements Oct. 31. The "Gateway to Work," program, as it's called, would have required Medicaid beneficiaries to report appropriate work or volunteer activity or risk losing their benefits in January.

However, as the Rose v. Azar lawsuit challenging parts of Indiana's Medicaid plan makes its way through federal court, FSSA doesn't want to jeopardize its Medicaid program as a whole by pushing forward with the work requirements. FSSA said it is suspending the requirements "to allow time for the Rose lawsuit to be resolved and so that the court can address the challenge to [Indiana's Medicaid program] after similar legal challenges to programs like Gateway to Work in other states have worked their way through the appeals process."

On Nov. 1, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said the office asked the federal court to delay consideration of the lawsuit until the court reviews two other cases on similar issues.

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