More changes are coming to Arkansas Works work-requirement program in 2019. We’ll discuss how to help your clients
keep their plans.
Beginning in January 2019, the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) will implement Phase II of the work
requirement plan, which requires enrollees to work, volunteer or do job training for 80 hours per month to keep their
Arkansas Works plan. Here’s who is affected in Phase II*:
Not everyone’s work requirement will begin
at the same time. In early November, DHS will begin sending this letter to all Arkansas Works enrollees who were excluded from the 2018 work requirement explaining when
their work requirement begins. They’ll follow this “Get ready” letter with specific letters that let your clients
know when their reporting months will start or if they’re exempt**.
Our understanding is DHS plans to
phase in all enrollees who earn between 100 and 138% of FPL first. We expect the overwhelming majority of these
enrollees will be exempt, as they’re likely employed to be earning above 100% of FPL. Next, DHS will undergo a
six-month transition of those 19- to 29-year-old enrollees who are below 100% of FPL.
DHS is supposed to
send details of when each impacted client actually transitions into the work-requirement program by mid-November.
We’ll make this information available on your Blueprint for Agents Arkansas Works report as soon as we receive
Your clients will have to link their current Access Arkansas account to their Arkansas Works reporting account
before they can begin reporting their work activity or exemption. Visit arkbluecross.com/reference to find a
reference number and status.
Clients have to report their work activity on access.arkansas.gov each month.They can designate Arkansas Blue Cross or an agent as their registered reporter to report their hours for them
month, if they so choose.
It is important for Arkansas Works enrollees to report their work each month. If they fail to report
their work for any three months in a calendar year when reporting is required, they will lose their Arkansas
health insurance coverage.
* This has no impact on your on- and off-exchange business.** Arkansas Works enrollees known to be caring for a dependent, working more than 80 hours/month, etc.
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