Arkansas Governor Hosting Town Hall On Medicaid Plan

Mar 16, 2016

Gov. Asa Hutchinson in a file photo from January 2015 talking about Arkansas's Medicaid expansion.
Credit Arkansas Times

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is hosting a town hall meeting next week as he tries to build support for his plan to keep the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion.

Hutchinson's office on Wednesday said the governor will host the town hall on his proposal to add new restrictions to the "private option," which uses federal funds to purchase private insurance for low-income residents. Hutchinson, a Republican, has proposed renaming the program "Arkansas Works."

The town hall will be Tuesday night at Central Baptist College in Conway.

Hutchinson is expected to call a special session next month to consider the proposal that includes charging premiums to some people on the program. The hybrid expansion has sharply divided Republicans since it was created in 2013.