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Asa Hutchinson's Medicaid Plans Uncertain (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)
Gov. Asa Hutchinson (file)

Asa Hutchinson's Medicaid Plans Uncertain (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plans to move 60,000 people off Arkansas Works and require many of them to work may face a future as uncertain as that of the federal health care law that enabled the expanded coverage.
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Disputed Contracts Place Procurement in Spotlight

Disputes over recent state contracts have put Republican lawmakers at odds with the Republican governor, angered potential vendors and muddied understanding on what businesses can expect from the process of awarding state work.
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Bill Seeks to Change Procurement Process; Businesses Want to Understand It

Procurement laws are complicated, state Sen. Jimmy Hickey says, and he should know: He has helped rewrite them more than once.
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Teresa Richardson Accepts ABCBS Promotion (Movers & Shakers)

Teresa Richardson has been promoted to manager of product implementation for continuous quality improvement at Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield in Little Rock.
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Already in Peril, Rural Hospitals Unsure on Health Care Bill

As Republicans put forward plans to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, rural hospitals and communities are watching closely. But if they didn't fare too well under the ACA, many question whether they'd be better off under the plan backed by President Donald Trump. read more >

Weight-Loss Surgery Arrives at Arkansas Heart Hospital

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GOP Senator Tom Cotton Complicates Trump, Ryan Efforts on Health Care

One of the loudest critics of GOP health legislation is not a Democrat or even a conservative rebel, but a Republican loyalist and staunch defender of President Donald Trump. read more >

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CHI St. Vincent says that, effective April 1, its physicians and services will not be considered in-network for United Healthcare members. read more >

US House Panel Approves Troubled GOP Health Care Bill

The House Budget Committee has voted to advance the troubled Republican health care bill. read more >

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Nominate by Friday for Arkansas Business 40 Under 40

Arkansas Business is seeking nominations for its 40 Under 40 program, which recognizes 40 professionals under the age of 40 who excel in their profession and are leaving their mark on the Arkansas business and nonprofit community. read more >

Arkansas Governor: Report Underscores Concerns with GOP Bill

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says a budget analysis of the Republican health care plan underscores the need for Congress to take a second look at the proposal and concerns he's raised about it. read more >

Asa Hutchinson Seeks New Restrictions on Medicaid Plan

Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants to add a work requirement to Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion and to lower its eligibility cap — even as the future of the federal health overhaul remains unclear. read more >

‘Nobody Knew ...' (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

The issue of health care is, as the president said, unbelievably complex and made infinitely more so by being a partisan political issue in Washington and a deeply personal issue everywhere else. read more >

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