Plaintiffs’ welfare at risk, says filing in ARPath lawsuit

In a request filed Tuesday, the plaintiffs asked the judge to decide by Monday whether he will force the state, at least temporarily, to revert to the way it used to determine how much in-home service each recipient was allotted.
News Story (Arkansas)

John Lynch
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 2, 2017

Tags: Disability Rights, Medicaid

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


The decrease in care has increased the risk of falling and adversely affected the health of some beneficiaries, according to the suit.

Until moving to rely solely on ARPath in 2016, Human Services’ caregiver decisions were made by a nurse who consulted the ARPath program.

Attorney Kevin De Liban, with Legal Aid of Arkansas, wants the judge to at least exempt his clients from the new assessment methodology while restoring their in-home caregiver hours to the level they had before the system was changed.