Blog Post (Arkansas)
Leslie Newell Peacock
January 27, 2017
READ THE FULL STORY HERE
Tags: Disability Rights, Medicaid
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid of Arkansas (LAA) (Jonesboro, AR)
DHS has used what Legal Aid calls a “secret” algorithm since Jan. 1, 2016, rather than the discretion of a trained nurse to determine benefits. Legal Aid alleges in the suit that DHS did not seek public input or oversight into the algorithm, a violation of the Administrative Procedures Act; if it prevails, DHS will have to submit the algorithm, called RUGs, for public vetting.