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Arkansas ending program providing home health care to 13k

(Source: Raycom Media) (Source: Raycom Media)

LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP/KAIT) - 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.

Layoffs and interruptions throughout the transition are not expected. The transition is expected to take about 6 months or more, according to the ADH.

Future costs will be decided on by whoever is signed on as the private provider. Also, job status will be decided by the private provider.

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