In June, Arkansas began rolling out Medicaid work requirements. This change in eligibility requires regular online reporting of hours worked, despite the fact that the state ranks 48th in the country for internet access and 44th for poverty.
After the first month, about 7,000 people failed to report their working hours. That accounted for 72 percent of people in the first cohort. By the second month, 5,426 people had failed again. In total, since June, more than 12,000 total have dropped off the reporting wagon.
If recipients miss three months of reporting, they’re cut out of the system for the rest of the year.