The results of five down-ballot state legislative races in Arkansas's Republican primary Tuesday may have serious implications for the private option, which requires an annual re-authorization vote. Arkansas’s modified Medicaid expansion plan, providing insurance to over 150,000 low-income residents, narrowly passed earlier this year.
Jay Barth, a political scientist at Hendrix College, noted the Republican crafted program has been contentious among Republican primary voters skeptical the program is ushering in an unwanted modification of the Affordable Care Act.
The filing period for residents seeking disaster unemployment assistance after last month's deadly storms is ending.
Claims by those affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began in Faulkner County April 27 must be filed by June 2.
To be eligible, residents must have worked or have been scheduled to work in the disaster area, but because of the disaster, they no longer have a job, a place to work in the area or couldn't get to their place of work because of the damage.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says more than $308,000 was awarded to victims of crime last month.
The Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board made the awards in 213 new cases, with additional expenses paid in 11 previously submitted cases.
Under the reparations program, victims of violent crime in Arkansas are eligible to receive compensation for unexpected expenses after a crime. Victims may receive money for medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost wages or other related costs.
Last year, the board awarded more than $3 million in reparations.
Business leaders and start-up hopefuls were joined by elected officials Tuesday for the launch of the Arkansas Venture Center in Little Rock. Governor Mike Beebe pledged a $500,000 matching grant to the center, governed by the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Proponents of the development argue it will foster a climate that accelerates the growth of innovative, tech start-ups. Governor Beebe said Arkansans have succeeded in starting international companies that dominate their industries but more needs to be done to encourage new, start-ups with limited resources.