Arkansas Works

Kevin De Liban

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously found an experimental Arkansas Medicaid waiver program to be unlawful.

Similar demonstration projects are under development in over fifteen other states. In Arkansas, certain adults aged 19 to 49 must fulfill certain work requirements to receive medical benefits under the state's expanded Medicaid program titled, "Arkansas Works."

Arkansas Works Governor Asa Hutchinson Work Requirement
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A federal appeals court panel in Washington has upheld a lower court's decision that blocked the Trump administration's work requirements for Medicaid recipients.

Friday's decision from a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., found the Arkansas work requirements for Medicaid recipients to be “arbitrary and capricious.”

The Trump administration has allowed states to require able-bodied adults drawing Medicaid benefits to work, volunteer or study. Officials argue that work can make people healthier.

Sarah Kellogg
Governor's Office

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says Arkansas plans to roll out an awareness campaign to inform enrollees of the state's Medicaid expansion plan on ways they can report their work hours. The governor spoke with KUAR News about the change Thursday, a day after the Department of Human Services announced the expansion of a helpline for those enrolled in the Arkansas Works program.

Beginning Dec. 19, people can call the state directly to report how they are meeting the work requirement which was imposed earlier this year.