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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 11:48:00

Legislative committees approve reduction in retroactive eligibility for new Medicaid expansion enrollees

This is about cost-shifting, plain and simple. The change will save the state some money (a projected $1.3 million in the next fiscal year according to the Department of Human Services), while hospitals and providers will see uncompensated care costs go up and poor Arkansans will be slapped with bills they can't possibly pay.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 11:08:00

No regrets for states that expanded Medicaid

The Brookings Institute takes a look at states that expanded Medicaid and finds no evidence of regret: "The strong balance of objective evidence indicates that actual costs to states so far from expanding Medicaid are negligible or minor, and that states across the political spectrum do not regret their decisions to expand Medicaid." That includes Arkansas, the state where Medicaid expansion has survived despite a perfect storm of political obstacles.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 08:24:00

The economic stimulus of Obamacare

The New York Times devotes front-page space to the obvious today: Ending Obamacare not only could cost lives and good health for many Americans it could damage the economy.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 07:43:00

Trump's 'victory' on health care. Look who's cheering.

The reviews are brutal on the health coverage bill passed by the Republican House yesterday. Good for the rich and healthy. Terrible for everyone else. And catastrophic in Arkansas.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 14:02:00

Governor's proposed cuts to Medicaid eligibility will increase costs for working poor; likely to increase uninsured rate

Speaking before a joint session of the legislature, which is reconvening this week for a special session, Hutchinson argued that these 60,000 Arkansans "will not lose access to coverage" and would get "the same level of financial support that they have now." The truth is a little more complicated.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 16:20:00

Trump health care bill's potential amendments don't help Tom Cotton with his Obamacare repeal dance

Trumpcare may be getting a makeover, but it won't address the concerns raised by Tom Cotton at last week's town hall.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 14:18:00

Governor announces big changes in Medicaid expansion

Arkansas it would seem is about to throw thousands of people off the rolls of those who got Medicaid coverage under the expansion financed by Obamacare.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 16:11:00

Hutchinson wants Medicaid block grant to include Obamacare funds in its scope

If traditional Medicaid spending is block-granted, what happens to the expansion money? John Brummett reports that Gov. Hutchinson hopes the tap keeps flowing.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 08:25:00

Medicaid expansion could be on chopping block, but some red-state governors want to keep it

GOP governors in states that expanded Medicaid want the coverage expansion to continue, but it's potentially on the chopping block with the election of Donald Trump. That includes Arkansas, where more than 300,000 Arkansans have coverage through the private option, the state's unique version of Medicaid expansion.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 13:09:00

Minority Leader Gray: lawmakers should pass safeguard legislation to make sure Medicaid expansion isn't threatened by lawsuit

Democratic Minority Leaders Michael John Gray said it's a no-brainer to pass safeguard legislation to guard against any potential lawsuit over the unusual procedural mechanism the governor used to insure funding of the Medicaid expansion.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 10:33:00

"Arkansas Works" backers propose new version of amendment to shore up legal concerns about line-item-veto strategy

Sen. Jim Hendren today released a new version of the amendment to implement the governor's plan to pass the Medicaid expansion via a scheme using the line-item veto. The revision is an attempt to alleviate legal concerns about the governor's approach.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 16:06:00

Governor gets positive reception addressing Black Caucus on Medicaid line-item-veto strategy

On Medicaid line-item veto plan, governor tries to address Democrats' legal concerns and meets with black caucus

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 09:50:00

Is Hutchinson's line-item veto scheme legal?

Is the scheme to use procedural trickey to preserve the Obamacare Medicaid expansion legal? Some past attorney general opinions suggest maybe not.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 17:38:07

(UPDATES) Democrats not ready to back governor's procedural maneuver to continue Medicaid expansion; amendment blocked

The governor's procedural maneuver hits a roadblock. They'll try again on Tuesday.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 18:30:26

What happens to education spending if GOP hardliners kill Medicaid expansion

Speaker Jeremy Gillam's hypothetical life-without-Medicaid-expansion budget detailed around $30 million in cuts to public schools, and more to higher education. Here's what that means.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016 - 15:48:00

If private option ends, state budget would face major cuts for foster care

If the state budget is slashed in order to pay for ending the private option, the state's foster children could suffer.

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 18:07:00

Sen. Hester threatens game of "hard chicken" to "crash" funding for ARKids, the elderly in nursing homes, and the disabled

Still hoping to block the Medicaid expansion that was approved today by overwhelming majorities, Sen. Bart Hester says he's playing "pretty hard chicken" and he thinks "the only thing that's going to bring resolution to this is a crash." Let's take a look at just who would suffer if Hester makes good on his threat to shut down the entire Medicaid program.

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