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Arkansas officials giving Medicaid beneficiaries more time to prove eligibility

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Arkansas officials are again suspending a push to terminate coverage for thousands on Medicaid after the federal government told the state to give beneficiaries more time to prove they're eligible for the program.

The Department of Human Services said Friday the federal government has told the state to give beneficiaries 30 days to prove they qualify for coverage, rather than the 10 days the state had been using. A DHS spokeswoman said the state was suspending notices it was sending to beneficiaries and did not know when the cancellations would resume.

Thousands — most of whom are on the state's compromise Medicaid expansion — have been kicked off the program after not responding within 10 days to notices asking them to prove their income still qualifies for coverage.

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