NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, Ark. (KFTA) — People who rely on Arkansas Works but have not reported their work requirements are at risk of losing their coverage soon. A deadline for this health coverage program is approaching in just a few days.
In March, Arkansas enacted a requirement that each person using Arkansas Works must work at least 80 hours a month and report those hours to keep their insurance.
The upcoming deadline for people who are subject to the work requirement is August 5. If those enrolled fail to meet the compliance standards three times in a year, they lose their health care coverage for the rest of the calendar year.
That’s why the Arkansas Department of Human Services is encouraging people to report their activities or exemptions early.
“If they need help going through that process and reporting their activities and reporting their hours, there are people that are willing to help. Insurance carriers — if they contact that insurance company that are on their Arkansas Works insurance card, then those carriers have registered reports that are authorized and give them permission to enter that information so they can meet that work requirement,” Marci Manley, Deputy Chief of Communications for the Arkansas Department of Human Services said.
Other ways to log activity hours are at your local county office. DHS staff have one computer dedicated to Arkansas Works recipients.
Those who did not report their activities in June, which was the first reporting month, now have one month of non-compliance.