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Arkansas Becomes Third State to Impose Work-for-Medicaid (1)

March 5, 2018, 5:23 PMUpdated: March 5, 2018, 9:00 PM

Arkansas will toughen Medicaid limitations in the latest Trump administration move to curb the scope of the safety-net health insurance program, though one key request was left out.

Medicaid officials March 5 approved Arkansas’s Section 1115 waiver linking the benefits to mandatory employment.

State administrators hope the demonstration project will boost Medicaid beneficiary responsibility and bring the program closer in line with private health insurance. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approval is the third-ever Medicaid work requirement in as many months, following Indiana and Kentucky. Eight more states are seeking Medicaid work requirements, with nine others also interested,...

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