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  • 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.
    • Apr 3, 2018
  • Democratic leaders call on Trump administration to release costs of Medicaid work requirements

    Modern Healthcare reports that leading Democrats are pushing the Trump administration to release information about the administrative costs of implementing new work requirements for the Medicaid program in red states, including Arkansas.
    • Mar 28, 2018
  • 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.
    • Mar 27, 2018
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