Audio – Senator Keith Ingram Reporting News From 91st General Assembly
September 20th, 2018 • News

September 20, 2018

  • Next week the state will have a clear picture of the number of Medicaid recipients who stand to lose benefits because they failed to fill out forms indicating they were working.
  • The work requirement applies to adults from 30 to 49 years of age. It is being gradually expanded, and next year it will apply to recipients from 19 to 29 years old.
  • They are in a category of Medicaid known as Arkansas Works, which has about 265,000 Arkansans who otherwise could not afford health insurance.
  • In order to maintain eligibility, they have to work at least 80 hours a month. They can also volunteer in approved programs, or take classes to learn job skills.
  • If they fail to comply for three consecutive months, they will be cut from the rolls.
    An estimated 2,500 people stand to lose benefits, but we’ll know for certain next week, when the Human Services Department issues an exact count.
  • The problem is that the state may be mistaken when they cut benefits for Medicaid enrollees. They may be working, but unless they have a computer they have no way of reporting to state officials.
  • They won’t find out that they’ve lost benefits until they go to the doctor, or their local pharmacy. If they are in the midst of a health crisis, such as a severe illness or trauma caused by an accident, it would be devastating for them to go without coverage.
  • To avoid a break in health coverage, participants in Arkansas Works should find someone with a computer and access to the Internet.
  • Go to this website : access.arkansas.gov and follow the instructions. It’s vitally important that you make sure you stay current, so there will not be any questions about your health coverage.
  • From the Capitol, it is always my great honor and sincere privilege to serve you as your state Senator. This is Keith Ingram.
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