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New Figures Showing Thousands More Kicked Off Arkansas Medicaid ‘Alarming’


A new report released by the Arkansas Department of Human Services shows that more than 3,800 additional residents were stripped of their Medicaid coverage in October, bringing the total number of residents kicked off Medicaid since the implementation of state’s work requirements to approximately 12,500. The following statement is by Sam Brooke, deputy legal director for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“These new figures are alarming,” Brooke said. “States like Arkansas should be attempting to make access to health care easier, not harder for vulnerable residents.  We urge the state to recognize this is a failed and punitive experiment, and end it immediately.” 

 SPLC is a part of a team of legal advocates challenging Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas, Kentucky and other states. In June, a federal judge vacated the Trump administration’s approval of Kentucky’s Medicaid work requirements, and sent the proposal back to the Department of Health and Human Services.

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