Rutledge Responds to Biden Administration’s Request that Supreme Court Cancel Oral Arguments Concerning Arkansas Works
February 22, 2021
‘This is a politically motivated stunt designed to avoid a Supreme Court decision upholding a program that encourages personal responsibility’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed a response to the Biden administration’s motion asking the Supreme Court to cancel oral arguments in Arkansas’s and New Hampshire’s cases concerning Medicaid work requirements while the Biden administration considers ending those requirements. The Biden administration’s request would vacate the lower court’s opinion in this case and leave the future of work requirements unclear.
“Today’s political decision by President Biden’s administration is an attempt by the federal government to end our work requirement that was intended to specifically fit the needs of the Natural State,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This is a politically motivated stunt designed to avoid a Supreme Court decision upholding a program that encourages personal responsibility while still providing healthcare coverage for those seeking gainful employment.”
Arkansas Works is a pilot Medicaid expansion program designed to encourage able-bodied Arkansans, without dependents, to transition into the workforce and build a stronger, more resilient connection with their communities.
The case is Arkansas v. Gresham, No. 20-38.