The Hutchinson administration insists it’s an easy matter to prove to the state that you are eligible for the expanded Medicaid coverage available to the working poor under the so-called Arkansas Works program. Just surf over to the DHS YouTube page.

Those covered by the new work rule (80 hours a month) must certify their eligibility on-line. Easy peasy. The state even has a YouTube video up to help you. Watch your mail, the YouTube advises. Who doesn’t check the DHS YouTube page regularly?


First bit of advice on the video: Have an email address. Dont‘ have one and you managed to watch the video? There’s probably a YouTube on setting up an email account. Presuming you have a computer or smartphone and an Internet connection?

The video also counsels you to check the DHS Facebook page. Good luck with that if you don’t have Wi-Fi access. Simple cell service won’t do it. And Facebook chews up a LOT of data.


Oh, and be sure to read your mail because instructions on accessing the website to prove eligibility will be coming. If you are among the legions of working poor who move frequently, live in cars or otherwise lack a reliable home address, well …. that’s on you, buster.

Here are some more questions on this ill-conceived idea to demonstrate sufficient lashing of the poor in return for government alms. Who will audit the reported work hours of those covered? What allowances will be made for people who toil for cash, off the books? Did you know that you can claim medical frailty for an exemption from the work rule? Who monitors those claims. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge will probably loose a team of her crack investigators on those who fudged work hours to qualify for medical coverage for their cancer. It’s a lot easier than, say, uncovering a multi-million-dollar mental health fraud enabled by felonious legislators.


It is hardly surprising that only 3,000 of the first 11,000 due to report their work by Internet today have done so.

At last count, by the way, that YouTube video had been watched 2,306 times.

The DHS encouragement to “log in” seems impossibly tone-deaf to me.