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The state’s newest approach to Medicaid expansion that Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday will likely prevent many of the people who need the coverage the most from getting it, said Kevin De Liban, director of advocacy for Jonesboro-based Legal Aid of Arkansas.
DHS just released a proposal with BIG changes to Arkansas's Medicaid Expansion program that will make it harder for people to get the health care they need to work, care their families, and live a full life. DHS is holding public meetings this Monday, 6/21, and Tuesday, 6/22, where people can participate by Zoom and offer their comments (people can also submit written comments until 7/12). Visit this blog post to see Legal Aid's review of the proposal, including the key changes and information about why the proposal is likely to keep low-income Arkansans from getting the care they need. The post also has more information on the public input process.
Although the American Rescue Plan provided federal funding to continue the extension of benefits and the additional $300 per week until September 4, 2021, Arkansas has announced that they will not continue to run these pandemic unemployment programs beyond June 26, 2021. For more information on what that means, see below.