- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A policy change now allows immigrants who apply for Arkansas Medicaid benefits to have up to 90 days to provide documents on their legal status.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/2gAwtJF ) reports a state legislative panel approved the change Tuesday. Under the new policy, immigrants would receive Medicaid coverage during that 90-day period.

The state currently gives applicants 10 days to verify their immigration status.

The policy was adopted was approved by the panel after state Department of Human Services officials said the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would potentially withhold about $270 million annually in Medicaid reimbursement for administrative expenses if the policy wasn’t adopted.

Department deputy director for health and Medicaid Dawn Stehle says the policy has been a federal requirement since the 1980s, and that Arkansas is the only state that hasn’t implemented it.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com


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