A slice of drama was cut from the state capitol on Tuesday as a state senator previously opposed to the private option said she would now vote to fund it.
State Sen. Jane English (R-North Little Rock) got something in return, however. English, a long-time advocate for restructuring workforce education and training in Arkansas, said she has received support from fellow lawmakers and Gov. Mike Beebe to fundamentally alter programs tied to workforce investment.
A top state lawmaker from Arkansas is warning Virginia's legislators against accepting federal dollars intended for expanding Medicaid eligibility, saying his state has buyer's remorse after taking the money.
Leaders in the GOP-controlled Virginia House organized a news conference call Tuesday with Arkansas House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman.
The PBS Newshour aired a segment about the Private Option in Arkansas. The segment discussed Arkansas’s alternative to the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion that uses federal dollars to purchase private health care plans for low-income residents.
The Arkansas Legislature meets again on Tuesday after the President's Day/Daisy Gatson Bates Holiday.
The state's "private option" plan of expanding Medicaid under the federal health care law is still the top issue. KUAR's Nathan Vandiver and Chris Hickey have a conversation about the political climate at the state Capitol as legislators prepare for a critical vote.
On this week's Talk Business Arkansas with Roby Brock: Politics take center stage, the fiscal session begins and so does the fate of the "private option;" Shuffling abounds in the Lt. Gov.'s race - who's in, who's out? And the ad wars heat up in the governor's race.
This weeks political roundtable discussion: Democratic blogger Michael Cook, GOP Strategist Clint Reed
In the first six months of this fiscal year, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences lost $27.8 million. Arkansas Business reports in this week's issue on the dramatic downturn compared to the same period a year earlier, when it had an $8.5 million gain.
Dr. Dan Rahn, the chancellor of UAMS, said he has a multi-point strategy to increase revenue and slash expenses that should generate about $40 million for UAMS during the next 18 months.