Legal nonprofit files 2nd suit over ArPath

The Arkansas Department of Human Services failed to follow a state law when it began using a new method to determine Medicaid recipients' eligibility for home-based services for the elderly and disabled, a lawsuit filed Thursday contends.

News Story (Arkansas)

Andy Davis
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2017

Tags: Disability Rights, Medicaid

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


iled by Jonesboro-based Legal Aid of Arkansas on behalf of seven Medicaid recipients, the suit in Pulaski County Circuit Court targets the state’s use of an electronic assessment tool, known as the ArPath, to determine how many hours of home-based care the state will pay for.

Previously, nurses used the tool and their own professional judgment to set the number of hours, according to the lawsuit.

Starting in 2016, however, the department began assigning the hours based solely on a formula that uses information from the assessment tool, the suit says.