Arkansas Ending Program Providing Home Health Care To 13,000

Aug 10, 2015

Credit Arkansas Department of Health

Arkansas is ending a program that provides home health care to thousands of people, a move that will affect more than 2,300 state workers and contractors.

Arkansas Department of Health Director Nathaniel Smith told the employees and contractors working for the In Home Services program in a letter dated Monday that the agency decided the program was no longer sustainable.

Smith's letter cites financial constraints and private sector competition, and said finding private providers for those on the state program will take at least six months.

An ADH spokeswoman says the program serves about 13,000 people. About 500 department employees work for the program, and another 1,300 contract with the state for the program.