The Arkansas Department of Human Services Adds Materials in Spanish & Marshallese

By Pamela Acosta

As part of its ongoing campaign to encourage Medicaid clients to ensure their contact information is up-to-date, the Arkansas Department of Human Services recently translated all of its materials in its Update Arkansas toolkit into Spanish and Marshallese.

The Update Arkansas website offers clients, partners, friends, and family information, resources, and services. The site also includes detailed information for clients on updating their information and an array of materials for others to share, including social media graphics, flyers, and frequently asked questions. 

Materials on the website are now available in English, Spanish, and Marshallese. A menu at the top of each page allows users to toggle between pages in each language, and any additional material added will now be included in the three languages. 

The effort to translate all the material is part of an ongoing process to encourage Medicaid clients to update their contact information before the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency ends. 

In March 2020, the federal government allowed states to temporarily continue Medicaid coverage—even if clients were no longer eligible—to help prevent people with Medicaid from losing their health coverage during the pandemic. Only clients who died or moved out of state were incarcerated or asked that their coverage end and had their cases closed.

Direct links to the Spanish and Marshallese sections are included below.