Arkansas is at the forefront of a national experiment to see whether requiring work for health care coverage helps lift people out of poverty.
Starting next month, many who are on the state’s low-income health care program, Arkansas Works, must show they are working, volunteering, in school, or getting job training for at least 80 hours each month. The Arkansas Department of Human Services estimates 42,000 Arkansans will be impacted.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson says the goal is to get beneficiaries prepared to work.