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If you disagree with a decision DHS has made about your benefits, your status as a provider, or a true finding in a maltreatment investigation, you may appeal by requesting an administrative hearing and following the steps below for your situation. In the drop down menu you will find examples of adverse actions that you can request a hearing for and how to go about doing so.

DHS decided that I am not eligible for health care (Medicaid) benefits.

You should have gotten a letter called a Notice of Action that told you about this decision To appeal by requesting an administrative hearing, you must:

The DHS Office of Appeals and Hearings must get your request for a hearing within 30 calendar days of the date on the letter or your request will be denied. You may email your request to DHS.Appeals@dhs.arkansas.gov or

Department of Human Services
Appeals and Hearings Section
P.O. Box 1437, Slot N401
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437

Medicaid or ARKids First will not pay for a service I got from my health care provider.

You should get a letter letting you know that payment for the services has been denied. If you disagree and want to appeal, you must send a letter to DHS asking for an administrative hearing within 30 calendar days of the date on the letter you got from Medicaid or ARKids First. If DHS does not get your request letter on time, your request will be denied. You can use this form to make a request.

Department of Human Services
Appeals and Hearings Section
P.O. Box 1437, Slot N401
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437

DHS decided that I am not eligible for SNAP benefits.

To appeal, you must send a letter to DHS requesting an administrative hearing. You should have gotten a letter that told you about this decision. You must send your request for a hearing within 90 calendar days of the date on the letter or your request will be denied. You can use this form to make a request.

Department of Human Services
Appeals and Hearings Section
P.O. Box 1437, Slot N401
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437

DHS decided that I am not eligible for TEA benefits.

To appeal, you must send a letter to DHS requesting an administrative hearing. You should have gotten a letter that told you about this decision. You must send your request for a hearing within 30 calendar days of the date on the letter or your request will be denied. You can use this form to make a request.

Department of Human Services
Appeals and Hearings Section
P.O. Box 1437, Slot N401
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437

I got Medicaid, TEA, or SNAP benefits, but now my case is being closed.

To appeal, you must send a letter to DHS requesting an administrative hearing. You should have gotten a letter that told you about this decision. You must send your request for a hearing letter within 30 calendar days of the date on the letter (90 days for SNAP) or your request will be denied. You can use this form to make a request.

Department of Human Services
Appeals and Hearings Section
P.O. Box 1437, Slot N401
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437

A child maltreatment investigation had a “true finding” that would place me on the Child Maltreatment Registry.

You must ask for an administrative hearing to contest the finding within 30 calendar days of getting a notice about the true findings in the child maltreatment investigation.

Department of Human Services
Appeals and Hearings Section
P.O. Box 1437, Slot N401
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437

The Appeals & Hearing Section will send you a letter about the hearing, including the time, date and place of the hearing. The name of the hearing officer will also be included. Hearings are held by telephone if neither you nor DHS requests the hearing to be in person. If the hearing is held in person, it will be held in a DHS office closest to where you live, unless the Administrative Law Judge decides the hearing should be held by videoconference.

An adult maltreatment investigation had a “true finding” that would place me on the Adult Maltreatment Registry.

If you disagree with a true finding, you can ask for a hearing to appeal the finding. You must ask for the administrative hearing within 30 calendar days of getting a notice about the true findings in the adult maltreatment investigation.

Department of Human Services
Appeals and Hearings Section
P.O. Box 1437, Slot N401
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437

My child care license has been suspended or revoked.

You should have gotten a letter – called a Notice of Adverse Action. To request a hearing to appeal the action, you need to send a written request for a hearing to the Licensing Specialist or Licensing Supervisor within 10 days of the date on the notice of adverse action.

If you appeal timely, a hearing will be scheduled with the Child Care Appeal Review Panel in Little Rock. You may be represented by an attorney at the appeal hearing and would have an opportunity to present evidence as to why this action should not have been taken.

Requests to appeal adverse licensing actions must be mailed within ten (10) calendar days of the receipt of the notice of the adverse action. Requests to appeal licensing actions, other than adverse, must be mailed within twenty (20) calendar days from receipt of the notification of the action.

Medicaid denied a claim for services that I provided to a Medicaid client.

Medicaid providers may request a fair hearing on any decision or action by the Department of Human Services or its reviewers or contractors that adversely affects a Medicaid provider or client in regard to receipt of and payment for Medicaid claims and services including but not limited to decisions as to:

Medicaid Provider Fair Hearing requests must be sent to Arkansas Department of Health, within 30 calendar days of the date on the notice of adverse action.

Medicaid Provider Appeals Office
4815 West Markham Street – Slot 31
Little Rock, AR 72205

Arkansas Department of Human Services
Arkansas Department of Human Services

Arkansas Department
of Human Services
(501) 682-1001

TTY: 1-800-285-1131 or dial 711 for Arkansas Relay Service

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