Audio – Senator Keith Ingram Reporting News From 91st General Assembly
July 12th, 2018 • News

July 12, 2018

  • Arkansas is the first state in the nation to implement a work requirement for Medicaid recipients who qualify under the federal Affordable Care Act. Since the work requirement went into effect recently, I’ve been getting questions about who it affects and what it means.
  • If you’re enrolled in Arkansas Works and you are between 29-49, you have to work, go to school, take job training, or are enrolled in certificate classes for at least 20 hours a week. Also, you can volunteer for 20 hours each week – or 80 hours a month – in order to keep your health care coverage.
  • You should have receive a letter in May, notifying you of the requirements going into effect in June. July 5 was the deadline for reporting your work activities on the website
  • On the fifth of each month, you’ll have to report your work activities on
  • There are exceptions to the work requirement. For example, if you have children in the home, if you have a disability, if you already work the equivalent of 80 hours a month, or if you care for an incapacitated person. Next year, recipients from 19 to 29 years of age will be subject to the work requirement.
  • If you fail to meet the work requirements for three months in a calendar year, you will lose your health coverage under Arkansas Works. You won’t be eligible for coverage for the remainder of the year.
  • It’s important that you keep DHS informed of your current status. Any changes in your income, or any changes in your contact information, should be reported within 10 days to the Department of Human Services.
  • You should immediately notify DHS of any changes in who is living in your household, for example if someone dies.
  • Notify the department if you become pregnant, and if you have added dependent children or if a family member has been released from a nursing home and is living with you.
  • The new work requirements may take some getting used to. Remember, there are 39,000 other families in the same situation, and if you will if keep DHS informed and follow the rules, you can maintain your family’s Medicaid health insurance coverage.
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