A federal advisory panel has urged the US Department of Health and Human Services to halt Arkansas’ Medicaid work requirements, citing concerns that enrollees may be losing access to healthcare due to lack of internet.
One of the first states to implement work requirements, Arkansas reported over 8,400 enrollees lost coverage in September and October for failure to report hours worked. Arkansas Works requires that enrollees must report 80 hours worked or spent in an approved activity to remain eligible for medicaid.
In September, nearly 1,530 enrollees met the requirement. Only about 1,530 enrollees met the requirement in September by reporting their hours, while about 16,535 failed to report any activities.
According to Conduit For Action, just 73 out of 275,000 on that are on the program reported work hours in the first round of reporting.