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Asa Hutchinson Walks Fine Line in Medicaid Speech (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

Asa Hutchinson Walks Fine Line in Medicaid Speech (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)
Gov. Asa Hutchinson makes a point about Arkansas' private option at UAMS last week. | (Photo courtesy

Calling on lawmakers to keep Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion alive through 2016 as he eyes a longer term health care plan, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson is trying to take ownership of an issue where he's tried to tread carefully over the past two years.
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In Arkansas, Rules Restrict e-Services By Physicians

Teladoc Inc. of Dallas is the latest telemedicine provider to be shut out of Arkansas because of Arkansas State Medical Board rules involving physician-patient relationships.
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16 Lawmakers, Surgeon General to Staff Medicaid Task Force

Legislation detailing the task force Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants to create to review the future of health care in Arkansas calls for 16 lawmakers and the state surgeon general to serve on the panel.
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