Governor moves to correct welfare benefits enrollment procedure | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Governor moves to correct welfare benefits enrollment procedure

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 11:44 AM

Gov. Asa Hutchinson released today a review of the process by which Arkansas enrolls and determines eligiblity of people for Medicaid, food stamps and transitional emergency assistance. You perhaps remember it's been a budget-busting mess. He recommends some steps to improve things.

An outside consultant has issued recommendations on improving the system.

The governor has responded with some recommendations of his own: to continue some federally mandated changes; to pause some others; to seek bids for help, and to appoint an oversight committee.

I've sought a more enlightened interpretation from Benji Hardy and David Ramsey. Much of this is government-speak for saying this is an immensely complicated and expensive program that got screwed up and the governor vows not to let it happen again.

His letter to legislators here.

Here is the summary of the consultant's report.

Here is the full report.

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