The expansion of Medicaid came just in time for Vickie Young. For years, Young cleaned houses. The 63-year-old from Carlisle, Kentucky, bought her own health insurance, which kept getting more expensive as she got older. She has a bunch of health conditions from cleaning all those years including two torn rotator cuffs and a deteriorating disc.
“And then when Obamacare was enacted, I went on and I qualified for Medicaid — [it was a] huge relief,” Young said.
But now she’s worried. On Wednesday a federal judge blocked Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky. It’s the second time Judge James E. Boasberg has struck down Kentucky’s proposal to change the state’s insurance program for low-income people — the first was in June 2018.