Republicans this past week began to realize their long-held goal of requiring certain adults to work, get job training or perform community service in exchange for getting health coverage through Medicaid.
In a major policy shift that could affect millions of low-income people, the Trump administration said Thursday it is offering a path for states that want to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients.
When Gov. Asa Hutchinson unveils his proposed 2018-19 budget this week, most of the attention will be on the state's Medicaid program and the future of the hybrid expansion that's provided coverage to thousands of low-income residents over the past few years.
Arkansas' governor is touting an 11 percent drop in the state's Medicaid rolls over the past year as he faces another potential fight in keeping the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion alive another year.
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.
Significant changes to the state's Medicaid expansion program proposed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson were slated to begin Jan. 1. But the state still has not received the federal approval necessary to move ahead.
Repealing the Affordable Care Act without something to replace it is scary. Especially here in Arkansas, where legislators — with Republicans in the lead — took a law they didn’t like and made lemonade.
If the latest GOP-backed Obamacare repeal overcomes last-minute obstacles in the Senate, the plan could offer even more uncertainty for the thousands of people in Arkansas who have health coverage through the health overhaul.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services announces an internal reorganization that will shift 171 employees to a newly created division, impact more than 40 contracts and streamline oversight of Medicaid providers.
The failure of GOP efforts to end the 2010 law, even under a Republican White House and Congress, could make it harder for Republicans in the state to run again against the law they've derided as "Obamacare."
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he remains concerned about Congress shifting costs to the states to maintain the same level of Medicaid coverage they have committed to. But he likes that the bill would provide more funding to help low-income people move off Medicaid and into the private market.
Arkansas finance officials say the state ended its fiscal year with a $15.7 million surplus after a boost in sales tax collections over the past two months helped restore most of the budget cuts enacted earlier.