In the first round of coverage losses. Governor Hutchinson announced Wednesday that 4,353 Arkansans have lost health care coverage for the remainder of 2018 due to three months of noncompliance with the state’s first-of-its-kind Medicaid work requirement. Those beneficiaries are now locked out of the Arkansas Works program for the rest of the calendar year, though they can re-apply in January. Earlier this year, the Trump administration approved Arkansas’s request to impose a work requirement on certain beneficiaries of the Medicaid expansion, composed of low-income, non-elderly adults. Under Hutchinson’s direction, the Arkansas Department of Human Services began the new policy in June. The DHS is rolling out the mandate...
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Work requirement bars over 4,000 from receiving Medicaid coverage