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    Rutledge Releases Statement Following Federal Court’s Decision to Uphold Ending Arkansas Works Requirements


    February 14, 2020

    Office will coordinate with federal officials to determine appropriate course of action

    Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today issued the following statement after the U.S. Court of Appeals decision to uphold vacating the Arkansas Works Medicaid Demonstration Project.

    “I am disappointed in today’s decision and am reviewing and discussing next steps with the Department of Justice.

    “The effect of this decision is that work and community engagement requirements cannot be enforced, and Arkansas must provide three months of retroactive coverage instead of the one month allowed under the Arkansas Works approval. Beneficiaries who did not comply with the work and community engagement requirements for three consecutive months in 2018 and were removed from the program remain eligible to reapply for coverage through the Medicaid expansion program.”

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