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Asa Hutchinson Details Plans For Arkansas Works

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LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) — Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson will be outlining changes to Arkansas Works during a news conference on Monday (March 6).

Hutchinson started talking about the healthcare plan shortly after 2 p.m. in the Governor’s Conference Room.

The healthcare program provides service to tens of thousands of low-income Arkansans. Hutchinson said Arkansas Works will continue to provide healthcare coverage, and he said people do not need to be worried about the plan.

During the press conference, Hutchinson announced there would be changes coming to the program through a requested waiver amendment, which is made up of four parts:

  • Cap eligibility at 100 percent federal poverty level
  • Establish a work requirement for non-disabled adults
  • Strengthen employer-sponsored insurance
  • Make Arkansas an “assessment” state

“I have spoken with Secretary Price and the Trump Administration about our plans to file these waiver amendments, and they’ve conveyed to me that the requests are consistent with the overall objectives of reform efforts in Washington,” Hutchinson said.

Hutchinson directed the Arkansas Department of Human Services to begin drafting the waiver to file with the Trump Administration.

“This allows us to get ahead of the curve,” Hutchinson said. “This allows us to have a smooth transition in the future.”

Watch the announcement below: