The decision, while expected in many quarters, was stunning in its timing coming on near the eve of an election in which this issue has been a hot topic for months.
The program still stands precisely because the Republican-led Legislature narrowly agreed to set up this program with a clause that allowed it all to go forward even if parts of it were judged to be illegal or unconstitutional.
"The governor and Legislature were aware that it would be difficult to receive federal approval for some of the requirements insisted upon by some legislators, which is why there were mechanisms put in the bipartisan reauthorization measure to ensure that this critical program continues to move forward."
"The rejection of
"Ultimately, it turned all the accountability that supporters talked about into window dressing. There is no
The ruling comes in the closing days of this wild election with
Hassan has accused Ayotte of trying to "pull the rug" out from under those who got coverage by voting to end the expansion states could pursue under Obamacare.
Ayotte and Sununu both said they support an extension of the program to retain coverage so state lawmakers could pursue an even better "
"Now that it's been confirmed that
"As governor, Colin will work to continue the successful implementation of
Ayotte said the decision is consistent with the Obama administration's rigid insistence there be a national solution to get all Americans health care and not one that she supports that is tailored to each state's needs.
The requirement in the legislation Hassan signed in 2014 said those who were able-bodied and getting coverage had to either be working, training for a job or actively searching for work for at least 30 hours a week.
Consumer groups had criticized the work requirement.
CMS had rejected similar work proposals that
The ID section that was also rejected by federal regulators would have required newly-eligible adults to verify that they are
The Obama administrative did approve one provision Republican lawmakers pursued and Hassan agreed to which is an
The ruling's timing may have been because state
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