Medicaid is a program that helps pay for medically necessary medical services for needy and low-income persons. It uses state and federal government money. The Department of Human Services (DHS) runs the Medicaid program in Arkansas. Medicaid and Medicare are different programs. Medicare is federal health insurance. It pays for medical services for aged and disabled persons. Medicaid reimburses health care providers for covered medical services provided to eligible needy individuals in certain categories.

Eligibility is determined based on income, resources, Arkansas residency, and other requirements. An exception to the Arkansas residency requirement is the Refugee Resettlement Program that allows for medical services to eligible refugees for up to 8 months after arrival in the United States. You may also be interested in our Medicare and Health Insurance sections.



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