Mar 28, 2019
AARP Statement on Kentucky and Arkansas Medicaid Court Ruling

WASHINGTON—The following is a statement from AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond on Stewart v. Azar and Gresham v. Azar:

“AARP is heartened by yesterday’s court rulings blocking Kentucky and Arkansas from imposing barriers to continue receiving Medicaid benefits. 

“Medicaid is a critical safety net for millions of low-income adults, children, pregnant women, older adults and people with disabilities. The objective of the Medicaid program is solely for states to provide medical assistance for people ‘whose income and resources are insufficient to meet the costs of necessary medical services.’ Medicaid beneficiaries should not be subject to barriers that restrict access to health care that are inconsistent with the Medicaid statute.  

“AARP welcomes this court decision that helps protect those most in need of access to health care.”

Read the AARP Foundation’s amicus in Stewart v. Azar:

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