Public health scholars, led by researchers at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH), recently filed a “friend of the court” brief urging the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to strike down a New Hampshire experiment that would require Medicaid recipients to work at least 100 hours per month or lose their health coverage.
Kentucky was the first state to receive approval for its Medicaid work experiment project. The same federal court that will decide the New Hampshire experiment has previously barred similar but less restrictive experiments in Kentucky and Arkansas.
“Like the others, New Hampshire’s demonstration threatens coverage for thousands of poor people. Its lack of any reasonable basis is especially striking in New Hampshire, whose unemployment rate, even among older workers, is virtually nonexistent,” said Ms. Sara Rosenbaum, the Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Policy and Law at Milken Institute SPH and one of the health policy scholars represented by the brief.
The brief argues that governmental approval of the program ignored the harm that will result if the project is put in place. Milken Institute SPH researchers Dr. Leighton Ku, and Ms. Erin Brantley, estimate potential coverage losses of between 15,000 and 23,000 Medicaid recipients in the first year alone.Friday Letter Submission