Judge: Medicaid cuts inadequately explained

Arkansas can't reduce a Helena-West Helena woman's Medicaid benefits until it issues an adequate notice explaining why it plans to do so, a federal judge ruled Friday.
News Story (Arkansas)

Andy Davis
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 29, 2016

Tags: Health Care, Medicaid

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid of Arkansas (LAA) (Jonesboro, AR)


The ruling by U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall Jr. came after a three-day trial in the Phillips County city over a lawsuit by Jonesboro-based Legal Aid of Arkansas on behalf of 90-year-old Ethel Jacobs, who has Alzheimer’s disease.

The lawsuit contends that the state Department of Human Services’ use of an assessment tool known as the ArPath has resulted in arbitrary reductions and terminations of home-based Medicaid services for the elderly and disabled.