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Changes to the Arkansas Works program now require some members to meet a Work Requirement to help their health insurance coverage. This requirement states that people will have to work or volunteer 80 hours each month, or meet an exemption in order to continue to keep their health insurance. Volunteer hours, education and training are accepted in place of work hours. The work requirement applies to all Arkansas Works recipients between the ages of 30-49.

Read the following statements to see if they apply to you:

  • I get SNAP or TEA Cash Assistance
  • I get Unemployment Benefits
  • I work and make more than $680 a month before taxes.
  • I have a disability (includes blindness) or need help with daily living activities
  • I have a child under 18 in my home
  • I am pregnant or have been pregnant within the last 60 days
  • I care for a person who cannot care for him/herself
  • I can’t work or look for work because of a short-term disability
  • I am in an alcohol or drug treatment program
  • I go to school, vocational or job training full time

If your answer is YES to any statements above, then you may have an “exemption” and may not have to report work activities. However, you MUST report to DHS and tell them which statement applies to you. (See "Report Exemption" below.)

If none of the statements are true, then you MUST report work activities every month. (See "Report Work Activities" below.)

NOTE: All adults in your household who get Arkansas Works should read these statements to see if they must report work activities. Remember, if you are NOT between the age of 30-49, this does not apply to you. You do not have to do anything at this time.

If you think you have an exemption, you must report this to DHS. You must report this exemption each month by the deadline. The deadline to report work for a given month, is the 5th day of the next month. (Example deadline for reporting work in June is July 5th.)

You can report an exemption online or over the phone. To report an exemption online, follow steps 1-8 below. 

If you would like to report an exemption by phone, call us at 1-877-617-0390 and one of our Work Requirement Specialists can help you.

  1. Go go to access.arkansas.gov between 7:00 am and 9:00 pm.
  2. Answer the voter registration question with “Yes” or “No”.
  3. Click “Arkansas Works Log-In”.
  4. Link your online account to your health coverage.
  5. Click “Arkansas Works – Report Work Activity / Exemption.
  6. Log in to your online account. If this is your first time logging in, you must create an account. Be sure to save your account user name and password. You will need them each time you log in.
  7. Follow the instructions to report your exemption.
  8. If you need help with Access Arkansas, call 1-855-372-1084 between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm (Monday – Friday). Operators can help, but they cannot report work for you.

Click for step-by-step instructions on reporting work activity.

If you are not exempt, you MUST report at least 80 hours of work activities every month to keep Arkansas Works insurance. The deadline to report work for a given month, is the 5th day of the next month. (Example deadline for reporting work in June is July 5th.)

You can report an exemption online or over the phone. To report an exemption online, follow steps 1-8 below. 

If you would like to report an exemption by phone, call us at 1-877-617-0390 and one of our Work Requirement Specialists can help you.

  1. Go to access.arkansas.gov between 7:00 am and 9:00 pm.
  2. Answer the voter registration question with “Yes” or “No”.
  3. Click “Arkansas Works Log-In”.
  4. Link your online account to your health coverage.
  5. Click “Arkansas Works – Report Work Activity / Exemption.
  6. Log in to your online account. If this is your first time logging in, you must create an account. Be sure to save your account user name and password. You will need them each time you log in.
  7. Follow the instructions to report your work activities.
  8. If you need help with Access Arkansas, call 1-855-372-1084 between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm (Monday – Friday). Operators can help, but they cannot report work for you.

Click for step-by-step instructions on reporting work activity.

If you need help finding work or volunteer opportunities, see our Find Work page.