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Vacancies Add to Medicaid Plan's Uncertain Future (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/27/2017 7:01 am

Vacant seats in the Legislature, a lack of answers on proposals to impose new restrictions and uncertainty about the future of the federal health care law could put Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion back in a precarious position.

Jim Hendren Ends Company's Contract With Rehab Program

by Associated Press 10/31/2017 3:06 pm

The top Republican in the Arkansas Senate said Tuesday that his company terminated its agreement with a drug rehabilitation program after accusations workers provided by the nonprofit were unpaid.

Arkansas Panel Faces Pressure Over Tax Breaks (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/30/2017 7:12 am

The toughest job for a task force looking at an overhaul of Arkansas' tax code will be resisting pressure from a list of lobbying groups hoping to protect exemption.

Dismang, Gillam Pick 16 for Governor's Tax Reform Group

by Associated Press 5/8/2017 11:37 am

Ten Republicans and six Democrats have been named to serve on a legislative task force that will recommend tax cuts before the 2019 session.

Arkansas Tax Cut Plan Sets Stage for '19 Debate (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/29/2017 12:53 pm

A common tactic used by Asa Hutchinson assured passage of his $50 million tax cut proposal, but also guarantees that a bigger fight and tougher choices await those sent to the Capitol for the 2019 session.

Asa Hutchinson Vows to Seek Deeper Tax Cuts in 2 Years

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/18/2017 10:52 am

An Arkansas Senate panel has advanced Gov. Asa Hutchinson's $50 million proposal to cut income taxes for more than 600,000 low-income residents.

Asa Hutchinson Touts Tax Cut Plan as Lawmakers Float Delay

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/5/2017 6:50 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson defended his $50 million tax-cut plan for low-income Arkansans as the House speaker floated the possibility that lawmakers may not enact any tax cuts in the coming session.

Study: Voters Favor New Tax on Fuel Wholesalers for Highways

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 1/4/2017 3:14 pm

Arkansans prefer maintaining roads to building new ones, would favor a sales tax on fuel wholesalers and support making permanent the temporary one-half cent sales tax they approved in 2012, researchers said.

Amendment Wish List (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 11/21/2016 12:00 am

In a few days, many of us will gather with friends and family to give thanks. Last week, two Arkansas legislators — one a Republican, one a Democrat — provided us with a couple of reasons to thank them for good service.

'A Whole New Ballgame' (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 11/14/2016 12:00 am

President-elect Trump said during his campaign that repealing and replacing the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act would be a top priority of his administration. Now he and his fellow Republicans have their chance.

Arkansas Lawmakers Advance Plan to Save Medicaid Expansion

by Associated Press 4/20/2016 6:58 am

Arkansas lawmakers broke a stalemate over the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion Tuesday after Democrats acceded to an unusual plan that'll require them to initially vote to end the subsidized health insurance for thousands of poor people.

Panel's Vote Avoids Looming Medicaid Fight (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/21/2015 7:06 am

A task force formed to study the future of Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion gave Gov. Asa Hutchinson the bargaining chip he wanted as he starts negotiating changes to a program covering more than 200,000 people. But it also avoided giving a definitive answer about the expansion's future.

Arkansas Panel Nearing Decision on Medicaid Expansion

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/15/2015 2:52 pm

A legislative task force began finalizing its recommendations on the future of Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion on Tuesday, as a top lawmaker urged colleagues to avoid fights over details about changes to a program that's providing coverage to more than 200,000 people.

King-Burwell Ruling Could Prompt New Debate in Arkansas (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/22/2015 7:16 am

Months after Arkansas lawmakers avoided another protracted fight over the future of the state's compromise Medicaid expansion, the nation's highest court could throw the Legislature back into an all-too-familiar debate over a key part of the federal health care law.

Law Would Give Arkansas One of Country's Longest Abortion Wait Times

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/31/2015 7:07 am

Arkansas would have one of the longest waiting periods in the nation before a woman could have an abortion under legislation given final approval Monday, which also changes the information a woman must be given before undergoing the procedure.

Arkansas Senate Approves Medicaid Plan Termination Notices

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/24/2015 6:44 am

Thousands of people enrolled in Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion would receive notices that their coverage is ending - even though lawmakers haven't decided the program's future - under a proposal approved Monday by the Senate.

Arkansas Senate Panel Advances Plan for Medicaid Compromise

by Associated Press 1/28/2015 2:24 pm

Lawmakers have advanced Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to continue Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion through 2016, rejecting an effort to abolish the program later this year.

16 Lawmakers, Surgeon General to Staff Medicaid Task Force

by Associated Press 1/23/2015 7:38 am

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.

Short-Term Answers to Long-Term Problems (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/29/2014 3:56 pm

The measures lawmakers are taking up this week to avert a looming increase in teacher health insurance premiums and ease an influx of state inmates crowding local jails won't completely solve either problem.

Arkansas Lawmakers Consider Special Session

by Christina Huynh, The Associated Press 5/19/2014 6:01 pm

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he's open to the idea of a special legislative session to address health insurance plans for public school employees as long as there's a consensus among lawmakers about it.