NHeLP Comments on Arkansas’ Amended Sec. 1115 Waiver Project

Executive Summary

In comments to the U.S. Department of of Health and Human Services (HHS), NHeLP urges the department to reject Arkansas’ amended Sec. 1115 Medicaid waiver demonstration project because it is procedurally and substantively flawed and would flout Medicaid law. For example, Arkansas seeks to impose a work requirement on enrollment in the state’s Medicaid program. NHeLP notes that under Sec. 1115, “HHS has no authority to approve any waiver permitting Arkansas to condition Medicaid eligibility on compliance with work activities (and, thus, has never done do).”

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