Arkansas Business has this story that makes us almost scratch our heads. Surely DHS hasn’t approved people prematurely for the Arkansas Medicaid expansion (a.k.a. the Private Option). Oh, but they have.
The state Department of Human Services said Thursday it is sending letters to nearly 4,800 Arkansas notifying them that they will lose their health insurance coverage under the private option Saturday because they were deemed eligible too soon.
“We regret that people are in this position and may be confused by the letters,” said DHS spokeswoman Amy Webb. “Arkansas acted in good faith after receiving initial notification of eligibility from the federal government, but it appears those notifications were premature.”
Some people who receive termination letters may be eligible, DHS said. The agency said those people should go to HealthCare.gov and provide any information needed to complete the verification process.
So the solution is a request to please go and give the government more of your information. They promise not to continue to mess things up. How many more mistakes should Arkansans be made to endure?
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