Tagged: asa hutchinson

A Look at Budget Impasse Over Arkansas Medicaid Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/18/2016 7:04 am

Arkansas lawmakers return to the Capitol this week hoping to resolve a budget standoff over the future of the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion and a host of other programs for the poor and disabled.

Backup Medicaid Plan Requires Leap of Faith (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/18/2016 7:00 am

With a backup plan to save Arkansas' Medicaid expansion by defunding it, Gov. Asa Hutchinson will need a leap of faith from political foes on both sides of the aisle to prevent thousands of poor people losing their health coverage.

Arkansas Lawmakers Head Toward Standoff on Medicaid Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/13/2016 7:08 pm

Arkansas lawmakers barreled toward a budget standoff over the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion as they began their legislative session Wednesday, with opponents showing little sign of retreating from their push to defund the program

In Fiscal Session, Another Battle in the War Over Medicaid (Erika Gee Commentary)

by Erika Gee 4/13/2016 1:28 pm

The 2016 fiscal session began at noon today and, as expected, the battle continues over the re-authorization of the Medicaid expansion program "Arkansas Works," formerly known as the private option. The outlook is not nearly as promising as it was a year ago.

Legislators File Proposal to End Hybrid Medicaid Expansion

by Associated Press 4/13/2016 1:05 pm

Opponents of Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion have filed a proposal to cap enrollment in the program and terminate the expanded coverage by year's end.

Arkansas House Leaders Detail Cuts If Medicaid Plan Fails

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/11/2016 3:27 pm

Arkansas House leaders say a host of state programs including public schools, prisons and colleges would face cuts if lawmakers don't fund the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion.

Tougher Fight Ahead on Arkansas Medicaid Plan (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/11/2016 6:47 am

The Legislature's approval of bills outlining Asa Hutchinson's proposed restrictions for the hybrid expansion are a preview of the debate he's about to face with fellow Republicans who have vowed to block its funding.

UAMS Fears More Red Ink, Eyes $34M Shortfall in Fiscal 2017

by Mark Friedman 4/11/2016 12:00 am

As bad as the financial picture at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is now, it could be a lot worse if the state’s hybrid Medicaid expansion plan isn’t continued by the state Legislature.

Arkansas House, Senate Approve Governor's Medicaid Plan

by Associated Press 4/7/2016 11:26 am

The Arkansas House and Senate have approved Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to keep and rework the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion.

Arkansas House, Senate Panels OK Hybrid Medicaid Expansion

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/6/2016 8:36 pm

Arkansas House and Senate committees advanced Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to keep the hybrid Medicaid expansion. But opponents said they didn't believe the state or federal government could afford the expanded coverage. The House and Senate are expected to take up the plan on Thursday.

Hutchinson: I've Struck Right Balance with Effort to Retain Expansion

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/6/2016 11:42 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the criticism he's facing from both sides on his push to keep the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion is an indication he's struck the right balance.

Asa Hutchinson Says Managed Care Won't Be On Special Session Agenda

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/5/2016 10:53 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he won't put his proposal to have private firms manage some Medicaid services before lawmakers as they convene for a special session this week. The special session is set to begin Wednesday morning.

Hutchinson Commits $100K to Johnny Cash Boyhood Home

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/4/2016 3:50 pm

At the "Evening with Rosanne Cash" fundraiser at the Governor’s Mansion on March 3, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced a commitment of $100,000 for the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home project.

A Look at Medicaid Proposals Before Arkansas Lawmakers

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/3/2016 1:31 pm

When Arkansas lawmakers return to the Capitol this week, they'll decide whether more than 250,000 people should keep their subsidized health insurance and whether private firms should manage some Medicaid services.

Asa Hutchinson Controls Agenda, Little Else in Session (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/3/2016 1:28 pm

Pitching his hybrid Medicaid expansion and managed care proposals, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson controls the agenda as lawmakers head back to the Capitol for this week's special session. That may be the only part where he has control.

At Under 40 Forum, Hutchinson Outlines How Arkansas Must Recruit, Retain Talent

by Alexis Hosticka 4/1/2016 2:25 pm

At the inaugural Under 40 Forum on Friday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson highlighted how he thinks Arkansans must work to attract and retain talent.

Arkansas Lawmakers Split on Reforms After Court Races

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/31/2016 6:50 am

Arkansas lawmakers appeared split Wednesday on what changes, if any, are needed to how justices are chosen after conservative groups overwhelmed the state with TV ads and mailers in two state Supreme Court races this year.

Hutchinson Pledges to Cut Waiting List for Disabled in Half

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/30/2016 2:01 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says the savings he's projecting from his proposal to shift some Medicaid services to private firms will cut the state's waiting list for developmentally disabled in half.

Arkansas Biosciences Institute Celebrates More Than $500M in Grants

by Associated Press 3/30/2016 6:51 am

A research program created through Arkansas' settlement with tobacco companies is marking its receipt of more than half a billion dollars in grants since it was created more than a decade ago.

Black Caucus Tables Vote on Ending King-Lee Day in Arkansas

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/30/2016 6:50 am

Black lawmakers held off Tuesday on saying whether they'll support an effort to end Arkansas' practice of honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on the same day, asking for more details on how such a move would be carried out.