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