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  • N2Doc (9098 posts)

    Thousands in Arkansas lose Medicaid because of new work requirements

    As many as 4,600 Medicaid recipients in Arkansas have lost their benefits for the rest of this year after failing to meet the state’s new work requirements.

    Arkansas became the first state ever to implement work requirements, after gaining approval from the Trump administration earlier this year. Under the new rules, which took effect in June, recipients must work, go to school, volunteer or search for jobs for at least 80 hours a month or be stripped of their coverage until the following year.

    The affected beneficiaries, mainly non-disabled adults in their 30s and 40s who don’t have dependent children, failed to report any work activity for three months. This prompted the state to drop them from the rolls. A final tally will be available next week.

    State officials said they made many efforts to contact those subject to the new requirement, including sending letters and emails, making phone calls and videos, working with community organizations and setting up a call center to answer questions. Those who could not find employment were offered training. Recipients had to log their hours online, but could designate certain others — such as their Medicaid insurer or a local nonprofit — to do it for them if they did not have access to a computer.




    Pastiche, eridani, HIP56948 and 2 othersOhio Barbarian, NV Wino like this
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  • NV Wino (9211 posts)

    1. Appalling

      “As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore.” Barbara Lee  
  • Hobbit709 (4857 posts)

    2. Good Christians in the heart of the Bible Belt

    I hope something bites them big time.

    I won't shut up and I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing
  • TRex (5575 posts)

    3. Bill Clinton's old stomping grounds. He left that state in a real pickle.

    Actually he left the poor people of Arkansas up a creek without a paddle. Looks like they are still up a creek. Some things never change.

    Oh sweety, no just no, when I or those of us here talk about the ultra rich - it is NOT you! Not you by a longshot, oh my God did you think...no way you actually thought we meant you? Lord, this country is full of rich stupid people and you seem to be one of the worst. No sweety, you are just a low paid pawn to those ultra rich we talk about. They are wrecking the world, you are an enabler and I understand not being able to sleep at night. I wouldn't either, selling out our future. You have kids right?  
    • Ohio Barbarian (12709 posts)

      5. A malodorous, brown creek.

      No man ought to stay poor so another man can get rich. --Newton Knight
  • HIP56948 (4557 posts)

    4. By George, I say we give the wealthy another tax cut!

    So they tried to contact the people?  When you’re jobless and homeless, it’s rather hard to use your computer.

    There are 2 types of people in this world. Those who can extrapolate from incomplete data.
    • Art from Ark (3980 posts)

      7. That is actually in one of Governor Hutchinson's campaign commercials

      “He has cut taxes, and more tax cuts are on the way!”


      Funny how the gov left out “We’re using those tax cuts to cut benefits for Medicaid recipients (*evil laugh*)” from his commercial.

      The last time America was run like a business, we ended up with a Great Depression.
  • Ohio Barbarian (12709 posts)

    6. Evil. Cruel. Capitalism.


    No man ought to stay poor so another man can get rich. --Newton Knight