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Arkansas governor signs new Medicaid plan restrictions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law a plan to scale back the state’s hybrid Medicaid expansion that would move 60,000 people off the program and impose a work requirement on some remaining participants. Hutchinson’s office said Thursday he signed into law legislation allowing …

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Arkansas to cut 43M from upcoming year’s budget

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas is cutting its budget for the coming fiscal year by $43 million, days after Gov. Asa Hutchinson ordered reductions in this year’s funding for state agencies. The state Department of Finance and Administration on Tuesday lowered its forecast for the state’s revenue for the …

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Bills would remove 60000 from Arkansas Medicaid program

Little Rock- AP Arkansas lawmakers have given initial approval to moving 60,000 people off the state’s hybrid Medicaid expansion program and to impose a work requirement on its participants. The House on Tuesday voted 71-23 for the new restrictions by a 71-23, while the Senate approved an identical measure by …

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Arkansas governor calls for special session

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Gov. Asa Hutchinson has called for a special legislative session so Arkansas lawmakers can address several issues, including changes to the state’s hybrid Medicaid expansion. Hutchinson has called for the session to convene at 2 p.m. May 1. The state Department of Human Services says …

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State Capitol Week in Review April 21

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague April 21, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – The legislature approved a very conservative budget for state agencies next fiscal year. One of the few agencies that will get a significant increase in spending authority is the Division of Children and Family Services, …

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State Capitol Week in Review April 7

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague April 7, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – On the last full day of the 2017 legislative session, the Senate narrowly defeated a bill that would have required that a majority interest in medical marijuana facilities be owned by people who have been …

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Arkansas Legislature OKs budget

Arkansas legislators have wrapped up the bulk of their work for the 2017 regular session. They’ll come back in early May to tie up loose ends, and it is expected that they’ll also have a special session in May to deal with changes in the state Medicaid program. Before leaving, …

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State Capitol Week in Review March 31

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague March 31, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – In the final days of the 2017 regular session, legislators completed work on balanced budgets for state agencies, prison units, public schools and higher education. The Arkansas balanced budget law is called the Revenue Stabilization Act …

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Arkansas lawmakers vote to keep hybrid Medicaid expansion

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Lawmakers have voted to keep Arkansas’ hybrid Medicaid expansion for another year as the state’s governor prepares to seek federal approval to add new limits to the program. The House voted 77-13 on Thursday and approved the state’s Medicaid budget, which includes the hybrid expansion. …

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Arkansas governor confident Congress will revisit health law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he believes Congress will ultimately agree on a replacement for the federal health overhaul despite House Republicans failing to dismantle the law. The Republican governor said Friday he has no doubt Congress will revisit the issue, but said he’ll move …

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