More evidence that most of the Arkansans kicked out of the private option are eligible beneficiaries with no income | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

More evidence that most of the Arkansans kicked out of the private option are eligible beneficiaries with no income

Posted By on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 at 10:01 AM

From the preliminary report sent to lawmakers Monday night by the Stephen Group — the consultant hired the Legislative Health Reform Task Force:

In addition, DHS has indicated that in October of 2014 they had done a special data extract run to determine what percentage of the PO population was at 0% of FPL. The answer at the time was approximately 40%. DHS has indicated that they do not believe that this percentage has changed significantly.

The state's income verification system flagged all beneficiaries who had no income according to the latest state wage data, a fact that state officials did not bother to explain until responding to our reporting

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