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Affordable Care Act Information

Affordable Care Act Information

Refer to this page periodically for updated information regarding the Affordable Care Act.

Enrollment Application Fee Requirements

Effective July 1, 2013, the Arkansas Medicaid Program adopted new enrollment application fee requirements that have been mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The changes include:

  • All providers regardless of provider type are required to re-enroll every five (5) years.
  • Certain provider types are subject to an application fee. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sets the application fee amount, which may vary or be adjusted from year to year and is payable every five (5) years. This federally mandated fee will be used to offset the cost of conducting new screening activities associated with the ACA. View the list of providers required to pay the fee. (PDF, new window)

  • If the provider is enrolled in Medicare and has paid the application fee to Medicare, or if the provider is enrolled in another state’s Medicaid Program and has paid the application fee to that state’s Medicaid Agency, the provider is not required to pay the application fee to Arkansas Medicaid.
  • Individual providers (such as physicians, dentists, therapists) and groups of individual providers (such as physician groups, dental groups, therapy groups) are not required to pay the application fee.

The complete rule is available for viewing in Section 140.000 – Section I All Provider Manuals. (Word, new window)

The new enrollment process began April 1, 2014. Providers will receive a ninety (90) day notice that they must comply with the new enrollment guidelines. Providers will also receive notices sixty (60) and thirty (30) days prior to their enrollment deadline.