Arkansas DHS to appeal ban on home-based care method
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Human Services is appealing a ban on using an algorithm to allocate hours of home-based care to disabled Medicaid recipients.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the department filed a notice Friday to appeal Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen’s order to the state Supreme Court.
Griffen ruled May 14 that the department didn’t provide adequate public notice before adopting rules allowing the use of the algorithm to award hours to participants in the ARChoices program.
The department responded that week by proposing an emergency rule allowing the algorithm to be enacted without public notice. Griffen suspended the rule and found the department in contempt of court.
Department officials say the rulings leave them unable to enroll people in ARChoices. The program provides home-based services to disabled Medicaid recipients who qualify for nursing home placement.
Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com