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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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Friday, April 8, 2016 - 10:21:00

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs continuation of Medicaid expansion into law, but funding fight looms next week (UPDATES)

Gov. Asa Hutchinson today signed the "Arkansas Works" legislation into law. Here's the latest on what's next for Medicaid expansion.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 16:22:00

Medicaid expansion legislation continues toward finish line, but Tea Party senators threaten to shut down government to block it

Kabuki theater at the Capitol: Medicaid expansion moves ahead but the real fight is next week, when a rump group of Tea Party legislators are threatening to block all Medicaid funding — including for the elderly, the disabled, and ARKids — if the majority doesn't cave to their demands.

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