Suit filed over Medicaid terminations

Agency wrong to cut off benefits during appeals, legal aid group contends.

News Story (Arkansas)

Andy Davis
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 24, 2019

Tags: Medicaid

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


A lawsuit filed Thursday by a legal aid organization seeks damages against four Arkansas Department of Human Services officials in their personal capacities, contending they have failed to respond to requests to fix a problem in the way the department handles Medicaid recipients’ appeals of benefit terminations.

According to the lawsuit by Jonesboro’s Legal Aid of Arkansas, the department routinely terminates the benefits of recipients who are found to be ineligible for services even when a recipient asks for the services to continue during an appeal of the department’s determination.