On December 21, 2018, the National Health Law Program and the Southern Poverty Law Center and Jonesboro-based Legal Aid of Arkansas filed a brief that said that nearly 17,000 Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries subject to work requirements lost Medicaid coverage. The premise of the brief is that the work requirement functions as a “simple benefits cut,” which is not permitted under federal Medicaid rules.
In June 2018, the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) implemented a Medicaid 1115 waiver, Arkansas Works, that included work and community-engagement requirements for non-exempt enrollees. The Arkansas Works Medicaid program is a . . .