Arkansas Governor: Would Prefer One Session On Medicaid And Roads

Jan 6, 2016

Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaking to reporters Wednesday inside his office at the state Capitol.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he'd prefer one special session on the future of the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion and highway funding, but hasn't ruled out asking lawmakers to address the issues at separate times.

Hutchinson told reporters Wednesday he's meeting Feb. 1 with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell about his proposals to rename and add restrictions to the "private option." The program, crafted as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health law, uses federal funds to purchase private insurance for the poor.

Hutchinson also says he plans to unveil his proposals for increasing highway funding on Jan. 19. A task force last year offered a list of options for boosting road funding, including tax increases and tapping into general revenue.

Hear Fayetteville's NPR station KUAF compile reports from KUAR's Jacob Kauffman on the governor's open ended press conference.