LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — – (via KARK) — After months of waiting, some Arkansas Medicaid recipients could soon have to work for their coverage.
President Trump plans to allow states to add work requirements to their Medicaid programs for the first time.
His administration announced Friday it is preparing to release the guidelines.
The Natural State is only one of a handful that applied for this specific waiver back in the summer.
Medicaid recipients under 50 years old would be required to work, participate in job training or volunteer. There are some exemptions, including recipients who are disabled or caring for dependent children.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson has been fighting for this.
He announced Thursday the state’s work referral requirement under Arkansas Works resulted in more than 16,000 people accessing workforce services, with 4,000 of those getting new jobs.