Federal Medicaid agency says Arkansas needs better plan to evaluate work requirement. Operating on the theory that employment fosters personal independence and better health outcomes, the Arkansas Department of Human Services now requires that certain nonelderly adults who receive Medicaid benefits must report their work hours to the state. The Arkansas DHS, in turn, is required to show the federal agency overseeing Medicaid that its theory is working. Under the terms of the state’s agreement with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the DHS must commission an independent evaluation to measure whether the policy meets its goals in the years ahead. But, although the work requirement started June 1, the...
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Is Arkansas Works working?