The Department of Human Services on Friday said most of the more than 27,000 people on the expansion coverage who were notified they were subject to the new requirement were exempt or met the requirement. The federal government earlier this year approved the state's plan to impose the work requirement as part of Arkansas' expansion, which uses Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for low-income residents.
Advocates for immigrants and the homeless asked a state district judge Thursday to intervene and stop allegedly unlawful identification requirements. New Mexico adopted new driver ID standards to meet tougher U.S. identification requirements aimed at safeguarding commercial airlines, military bases and other federal facilities.
Arkansas officials say nearly 17,000 people have lost Medicaid coverage through November since it became the first state to implement the requirements in June. That initiative is being challenged in federal court. In Kentucky, a federal judge blocked work requirements in June, but the state has since gotten the Trump administration's approval for new rules that could begin to be phased in by April. Both of those states expanded Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act.