The Arkansas Department of Human Services says the state would save $670 million over 10 years under a plan to use Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for newly eligible recipients.
The agency released the numbers on Wednesday. DHS spokeswoman Amy Webb says the savings compare to not expanding Medicaid.
House Speaker Davy Carter said Wednesday he was still reviewing the report but called the cost estimates for the private option "favorable" and said they appeared to show that it would be a good financial decision for the state.
The Arkansas Razorbacks and Arkansas State Red Wolves won't be meeting up on the football field any time soon now that a panel of state lawmakers shot down a proposal that would have required the matchup.
A proposal to require the two teams to face each other for a one-time game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock to raise money for charity was rejected Wednesday by a House committee.
The Arkansas House of Representatives passed a resolution today to reaffirm state constitutional amendment 83. The largely symbolic vote on HR 1049 came as the Supreme Court considers cases this week on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. Amendment 83, which was approved overwhelmingly by voters in 2004, banned recognition of same-sex unions in Arkansas.
Gov. Mike Beebe says tax cuts being considered by Arkansas lawmakers would need to take effect later than proposed in order for them to be funded by savings from a proposed expansion of health insurance coverage.
Beebe told reporters Wednesday that a problem with the capital gains and income tax cuts backed by a House panel is they'd take effect before the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2014.
Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock is getting a new carrier that will offer nonstop jet service. Allegiant Air will have flights from Little Rock to Orlando, Florida beginning June 6th.
Shane Carter with the Clinton National Airport says this is a good opportunity for families and business travelers who want to get to Orlando without making connections in other cities.
Little Rock’s Robinson Center Music Hall, home of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, will undergo a renovation and be closed between June of 2014 until September of 2016.
The symphony is planning to use the Wally Allen Ballroom at the State House Convention Center as a substitute during the renovation.
Christina Littlejohn, the Executive Director of the Orchestra is inviting the public to an open rehearsal on Friday night, March 29, 7.15 p.m. at the Wally Allen Ballroom in the State House Convention Center.