Updates for Providers

Updates for Providers


2/23/21 – New one-time funding is available to help open, licensed child care providers meet the pandemic procedures for safe operations and business operating expenses. DHS also will begin new applications for financial assistance to help cover child care expenses for essential workers on March 1. Essential workers include but are not limited to emergency responders, health care providers, public heath personnel, sanitation workers, child care and early childhood staff, K-12 educators, and individuals involved in the food supply chain during the pandemic. Eligibility is not based on income. Children must go to eligible child care providers and assistance is contingent upon available funding.

02/17/2021 – New Funding for Community Investment Grants from CARES Funds. Funds help organizations provide direct services to clients and meet immediate community needs not being addressed by other sources. Organizations selected must provide direct services to individuals in high poverty areas (poverty rate of the city or county must be greater than 15 percent based on the 2010 Census). Organization proposals are capped at $10,000, 85 percent of which must go to pay for direct services.

CARES Community Outreach Funding Online Application

DHS wants to assure you that prior authorizations are being processed, claims and invoices are being processed and paid. 

Note: If you work with a program that allows paper claims or invoices, please know that you could experience a delay in payment as this situation evolves. We encourage providers to submit electronic claims to ensure payment more quickly.

Enrolled Medicaid providers can register for the online Medicaid Provider Portal to submit electronic claims by visiting: https://portal.mmis.arkansas.gov/armedicaid/provider/Home/ProviderEnrollment

Has DHS Issued Any Guidance to Providers During this Time?

As we work to ensure the essential services DHS provides through providers like you, we may come across rules or regulations that we need to temporarily suspend to ensure we can meet the needs of our clients. You can find a list of suspended rules here: Emergency rule suspensions

Current COVID-19 Guidance

Behavioral Health 

CARES Act Community Investment Funding

CARES Act Nursing Home Funding

Care Continuity Emergency Response Reimbursement Payments 

Child care

For child care voucher providers who remain open, DCCECE will reimburse through claim payment an additional $10 per infant/toddler, $7 per preschool, and $5 school-age/out of school time care for children receiving federal child care assistance through the Child Care Development Block Grant open through the public health emergency as declared by the Governor.

Developmental Disabilities Services

EMS Worker Payment

Emergency Transportation

Federal Laws Passed in Response to COVID-19


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Hospital Direct and Non-Direct Care Payments​​    

Laboratory / Testing

Living Choices Assisted Living Providers

Long-Term Care

LTSS Direct Care Payments​​    

Medicaid Provider/Services Requirements

Pharmacy & Medical Devices

Rural Health Centers & Federally Qualified Health Centers

Therapeutic Community

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