Panel says too many being kicked off
A nonpartisan commission told the Trump administration Thursday it is “highly concerned” about the number of Arkansans who were kicked off Medicaid coverage because they failed to report work hours or community engagement.
Nearly 8,500 Arkansans have been knocked out of coverage for failing to report compliance, raising eyebrows at the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission — or MACPAC — which makes recommendations to Congress and the Health and Human Services Department.
“The low level of reporting is a strong warning signal that the current process may not be structured in a way that provides individuals an opportunity to succeed, with high stakes for beneficiaries who fail,” the commission said in a letter to Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and key lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
MACPAC said state officials should stop kicking people off the rolls until steps are taken to promote awareness of the rules and improve compliance.