Thursday, April 7, 2016

“Arkansas Works” – You Work So Others Don’t Have To!

by Conduit For Action: Governor Asa Hutchinson is pushing the legislature to continue and to expand the Obamacare Private Option program as “Arkansas Works”.

As soon as the Obamacare Private Option program began, supporters started saying the state can’t stop the program because thousands of people would lose coverage. But if the Private Option/ Arkansas Works ended, what would it take for an enrollee to instead qualify for subsidized Obamacare under an Obamacare Exchange?

To remain eligible for the Private Option/ Arkansas Works, a person cannot exceed income above 138% of the federal poverty level. A person with income above the poverty level are eligible for federally subsidized insurance on the Obamacare Exchange.

If the Private Option/ Arkansas Works goes away, how hard would it be for enrollees to qualify for the federally subsidized insurance? A person becomes eligible for federally subsidized insurance on the Obamacare Exchange by working about 28.1 hours a week at the current Arkansas minimum wage of $8.00 an hour. Next year the Arkansas minimum wage increases to $8.50 per hour and a person would only have to work 26.4 hours of per week per week to be eligible.[i] The number of hours also falls as the person’s salary increases above minimum wage. . .. [Read More]

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1 comment:

Patrick L. Booth said...

How true that has been for a very long time.