Easterseals Arkansas, a leading nonprofit provider of services for individuals with disabilities, has formally announced the termination of its contract with Arkansas Total Care (ARTC), effective January 1, 2025. This decision is the result of lengthy negotiations, which concluded without an agreement on reimbursement rates that adequately cover the costs of delivering high-quality waiver services.

Ron Ekstrand, CEO of Easterseals Arkansas, emphasized the importance of this decision: “Our commitment to our members and their families is paramount. We must ensure that our staff are compensated competitively to maintain the high level of care and support that Easterseals Arkansas provides its members. Unfortunately, the rates offered by Arkansas Total Care fall short of what is necessary to do this.”