Arkansans on Arkansas Works
Arkansas was the first state in the country to receive approval to use federal funding earmarked for Medicaid expansion to create the Health Care Independence Program in 2013. This program bought private health insurance for eligible individuals making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. That program expired the end of 2016.
The state sought and received approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for a waiver extension. The program called Arkansas Works became effective Jan. 1, 2017. Additional modifications were legislatively enacted in 2017. These waiver amendment modifications are anticipated to take effect through a phased process upon approval in 2018.
Arkansas Works modifications include:
- Program eligibility capped at 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)
- Work requirement as a condition of eligibility for individuals between the ages of 19-49 (with certain exemptions)
- Termination of the ESI premium assistance program
The Arkansas Works information service center:
888-987-1200, Option 3
You may be eligible for the Non-Emergency Transportation services if you are on the Arkansas Works and qualify. Contact us at 888-987-1200, Option 1.
If you are having problems with Medicaid, you can call the Medicaid complaint hotline at 888-987-1200, option 2.