Tagged: asa hutchinson

Christian Tafner Named Deputy Director for Veterans Affairs in Arkansas

by Kyle Massey 3/23/2018 3:19 pm

Former Air Force pilot Christian Tafner has landed at the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs, where he will spend the next year as right-hand man to Director Nate Todd.

DOE Drops Its Deal With Clean Line; Wind Project Won't Cross Arkansas

by Kyle Massey 3/23/2018 2:31 pm

Two months after planners gave up hopes of crossing Arkansas with a $2.5 billion wind-energy transmission line as doomed, the U.S. Department of Energy hammered a nail in the project's coffin Friday by ending its participation in the Plains & Eastern Clean Line.

Government Reorganization Push Faces Pitfalls (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/19/2018 6:48 am

Promising to cut in half the number of agencies answering to him, Gov. Asa Hutchinson is hoping to emulate a Democratic governor who later defeated him in his first bid for statewide office. He's also trying to avoid the pitfalls faced by former Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Arkansas Governor Calls for Cut in Agencies Reporting to Him

by Associated Press 3/15/2018 1:30 pm

Arkansas' governor is calling for a reorganization of state government and says he wants to cut the number of agencies reporting directly to him by more than half.

Arkansas Lawmakers Advance Regulation of Pharmacy Managers

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/13/2018 4:32 pm

An Arkansas House panel advanced a proposal Tuesday to regulate pharmacy benefit managers, as lawmakers began a special session focused primarily on addressing a cut in reimbursements rates pharmacists have seen.

New Arkansas Mandate Would Increase Drug Costs for Employers, Consumers (Mark Merritt Commentary)

by Mark Merritt 3/13/2018 10:21 am

This week, the Arkansas Legislature is considering a new mandate forcing employers and government health plans to pay more for prescription drugs.

Arkansas Legislators Adjourn But Will Be Back Today

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 3/13/2018 6:57 am

The Arkansas Legislature ended its 2018 session Monday but will return to the state Capitol on Tuesday to address concerns over pharmacy benefit managers and to tweak laws that could pinch off some federal highway funding.

Hutchinson Announces Appointments to School Safety Commission

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/12/2018 11:31 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announces appointments to the Arkansas School Safety Commission, which will hold its first meeting on Tuesday.

Arkansas Medicaid Plan Avoids Shutdown Fight (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/12/2018 6:48 am

Medicaid shutdown fatigue is starting to set in at Arkansas' Capitol.

Arkansas Governor: Special Session Planned Next Week

by Associated Press 3/9/2018 3:21 pm

Arkansas' governor says he'll call a special session next week for lawmakers to take up pharmacy reimbursement rates, highway funding and other issues.

Arkansas Lawmakers Approve $5.6B Budget

by Associated Press 3/9/2018 10:33 am

Arkansas lawmakers have approved the state's $5.6 billion budget for the coming year, wrapping up this year's fiscal session in four weeks.

Arkansas Governor Signs Bill Keeping Medicaid Expansion

by Associated Press 3/9/2018 7:31 am

Arkansas' governor has signed into law legislation to continue the state's Medicaid expansion, which will impose a work requirement on thousands of participants this year.

Arkansas House Gives Final OK to Keeping Medicaid Expansion

by Associated Press 3/8/2018 7:02 am

Arkansas lawmakers voted Wednesday to keep the state's Medicaid expansion another year after federal officials said the state can require people on the program to work or volunteer to keep their coverage.

Governor Sends $600K to State's Drug Task Forces

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/7/2018 11:26 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson releases $600,000 in rainy day funding for the state's drug task forces.

Arkansas Senate OKs Bill to Keep Medicaid Expansion

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/6/2018 3:19 pm

An effort to continue Arkansas' Medicaid expansion another year has cleared a major hurdle in the state Legislature, a day after the Trump administration said the state could impose a work requirement on the program.

Arkansas Legislative Panel Advances $5.6B Budget Plan

by Associated Press 3/6/2018 11:05 am

An Arkansas legislative panel has advanced bills outlining a proposed $5.6 billion budget for the coming year.

Work Requirement Approved for Arkansas' Medicaid Expansion

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/5/2018 11:36 am

The Trump administration on Monday approved Arkansas' plan to require thousands of people on its Medicaid expansion to work or volunteer, making Arkansas the third state allowed to impose such restrictions on coverage for the poor.

Arkansas GOP Talks School Safety, But Not Guns (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/5/2018 7:00 am

Arkansas' Republican governor and lawmakers have made it clear they want school security on the agenda when they return to the Capitol for next year's session. But, unlike Republican counterparts in other states and even the president, they're declaring the issue of gun control off-limits.

Medicaid Official Visiting Arkansas for Announcement on Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/5/2018 6:53 am

A top Trump administration official is visiting Arkansas next week as state leaders await word on requests to impose a work requirement and scale back the eligibility of its Medicaid expansion, Gov. Asa Hutchinson's office said Friday.

Delta Still Waits for I-69 'Game Changer'

by Marty Cook 3/5/2018 12:00 am

Delta boosters envision the construction of a 23-mile stretch of Interstate 69 opening up the fertile but economically depressed region to more business development.