Arkansas Medicaid work reporting to be online only

Southwest Times Record

By: Benjamin Hardy

The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal-leaning D.C.-based think tank, warned that exemption categories to Arkansas’ new Medicaid requirements would inevitably confuse beneficiaries.

Joan Alker, executive director of Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families, pointed out DHS has had serious IT problems in the past.

“Arkansas does not have a great history in terms of its eligibility and enrollment systems working well to begin with,” she said. In 2015, tens of thousands of beneficiaries were kicked off of Medicaid because of changes in the state’s income verification process — a mess that took months of work to resolve.

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