February 12, 2017
On January 26, 2017, the State of Arkansas enacted a law to reduce the wait list by half for Medicaid waiver developmental disability support services. The law, proposed in House Bill 1033, allows the Department of Human Services to use $8.5 million in proceeds from the state’s Tobacco Settlement to create waiver slots to provide services to 500 to 900 individuals. Currently more than 3,000 people with developmental disabilities are on the waiver wait list. Under the current developmental disability waiver, as of July 1, 2016, a maximum of 4,183 people could be served at any . . .
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