4,500 Arkansans Could Lose Health Coverage

Arkansas Works

More than 4,500 beneficiaries of the state’s Arkansas Works program were in danger of losing their health insurance Saturday, although the state’s Department of Human Services said the final numbers won’t be available until September 13th.

DHS spokesperson Amy Webb said Thursday that as of September 3rd, the latest numbers she had available, 4,574 beneficiaries had two months of noncompliance with the program’s work requirement and had also not complied with the August work requirement.

Under a waiver obtained through the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), enrollees who fail to meet the requirement for three months in a calendar year lose coverage and are not eligible to regain it until Jan. 1, 2019. However, Webb said they had until Sept. 5 to comply, and some could either have become exempt, had their case closed, or become compliant by then. Final numbers likely won’t be available until September 13th.   MORE

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