The Biden administration on Friday is expected to begin the process of rescinding a Trump policy allowing states to impose punitive work requirements on Medicaid recipients, a move celebrated as a crucial step toward reversing one of the former president\u0026#039;s most vicious attacks on the poor and vulnerable.According to the Washington Post, which obtained a draft of the Biden administration\u0026#039;s plan, federal health officials on Friday \u0022will withdraw their predecessors\u0026#039; invitation to states to apply for approval to impose such work requirements and will notify 10 states granted permission that it is about to be retracted.\u0022The brainchild of Seema Verma, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under Trump, the work requirements initiative began in 2018 with guidance allowing states to apply for a waiver to significantly alter Medicaid eligibility requirements. Several Republican-led states quickly jumped at the offer; Arkansas, the first and only state to fully implement Medicaid work requirements, threw at least 18,000 people off the healthcare program over a period of several months in 2018.While the destructive efforts of Arkansas and other states were largely stymied by federal court interventions, the Biden administration\u0026#039;s plan to roll back the Trump work requirements guidance was applauded as key progress toward definitively ending one of the former president\u0026#039;s most prominent efforts to strip healthcare from low-income people.\u0022We worked so very hard for this,\u0022 Matthew Cortland, an attorney and disability rights activist, said of the effort to defeat the work requirements. \u0022We celebrate this win—this win that we made happen—even while mourning the loss of every person who relied on Medicaid and didn\u0026#039;t survive the calamity of Trump\u0026#039;s disastrous administration.\u0022Larry Levitt, executive vice president for health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, argued in a series of tweets late Thursday that \u0022the Trump administration\u0026#039;s Medicaid work requirement policy was never really about work,\u0022 noting that \u002293% of Medicaid beneficiaries who are not on Medicare or SSI are already working, taking care of a family member, going to school, or not working due to illness.\u0022\u0022Medicaid work requirements have roots in the ideology that healthcare under Medicaid should be considered welfare for the deserving poor rather than a right,\u0022 Levitt added.More great news: Pres Biden is moving fast to dismantle trump’s cruel attempts to steal Medicaid from our most vulnerable neighbors. https://t.co/CMzZUQkaw1— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) February 11, 2021In a last-ditch effort to preserve the work requirements policy during the final weeks of the Trump administration, Verma \u0022asked states to sign contracts that would establish a lengthy process for unwinding work requirements and other conservative changes to their Medicaid programs,\u0022 Politico reported Thursday.\u0022Medicaid experts have questioned whether those contracts are legally enforceable,\u0022 the outlet noted.The Biden administration\u0026#039;s plan—which points to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as a major reason to end the Trump era guidance—will come over a month before the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a case on the legality of the Medicaid work requirements. According to the the Wall Street Journal, Biden health officials are \u0022expected to move quickly to end work requirements in Medicaid... because doing so could moot\u0022 the Supreme Court case.