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Request to Amend Arkansas Works Demonstration Waiver
The Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Services is providing public notice of its intent to submit to the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services a written request to amend the Arkansas Works 1115 Demonstration waiver and to hold public hearings to receive comments on the amendments to the Demonstration.
The State will request amendments to the Arkansas Works 1115 Demonstration waiver to:
- limit Arkansas Works income eligibility to individuals with incomes less than or equal to 100% of the federal poverty level (FPL);
- institute work requirements as a condition of Arkansas Works eligibility;
- eliminate the Arkansas Works employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) premium assistance program; and
- implement its waiver of retroactive eligibility on or after July 1, 2017.
Public comments may be submitted until midnight on Sunday, June 18, 2017. Comments may be submitted by email to email@example.com or by regular mail to
PO Box 1437, S-295,
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437.
The complete version of the current draft of the Demonstration application is available for public review along with the public notice announcing dates, times and locations for the public hearings. View or print both documents.
Upcoming Public Hearings
The Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Services is providing public notice of its intent to host hearings related to amendments to the Arkansas Works Demonstration Waiver and the TEFRA-like 1115 demonstration waiver renewal application. Get more information about these upcoming public hearings.
Remove 24 Day Inpatient Hospital Cap
Effective May 5, 2017, the system updates were completed in order for hospitals to bill for inpatient days over the 24 day cap for members in the Alternative Benefit Plan retroactive to dates of service January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015.
Change to Medicare Cards Coming Soon
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 mandates the removal of the SSN-based HICN from Medicare cards to address the current risk of beneficiary medical identity theft. Per the legislative requirement, CMS must mail out all Medicare cards with the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) by April 2019.
Will your practice management system need to make any changes to use the new MBI? If so, you’ll need to make those changes and test them from October 2017 until April 2018.
Get additional information about the new Medicare cards. (HTML, new window)
Stay tuned for additional information to learn about system updates and requirements, along with dates to remember.
Your Information Hub for the New MMIS
The Arkansas Department of Human Services is pleased to announce the delivery of a new Arkansas Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) in mid-2017. The new MMIS will bring cutting edge technology to DHS, Arkansas Medicaid providers and beneficiaries.
The Front Line webpage is designed to keep you informed and includes
- Training opportunities
- Upcoming implementation-related events
Learn more and add Front Line to your favorites now! (HTML, new window)
Arkansas Medicaid Reports and Data for Public Access
Arkansas Health Care Payment Improvement Initiative
Get more information about the Arkansas Health Care Payment Improvement
Initiative. (HTML, new window)
EHR Incentive Payment Program
You may be eligible for incentive payments or reimbursements of up to $63,750 from Medicaid to help offset the cost associated with implementing an electronic health record system. To find out if you are eligible, use the following links: