Arkansas Lawmakers Set To Formally End 2015 Session

Apr 22, 2015

Arkansas State Capitol
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas lawmakers are set to formally end this year's legislative session, but face the possibility of returning later this year to address the future of the state's compromise Medicaid expansion.

Both the House and Senate plan to meet Wednesday to adjourn the session, which recessed earlier this month after a last-minute fight over a religious objections measure.

The Legislature isn't scheduled to return until next year's fiscal session, but Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said he'll likely call lawmakers back to look at alternatives for covering the hundreds of thousands on the state's "private option" Medicaid expansion.

A legislative task force is expected to issue recommendation for an alternative to the program, which uses federal funds to purchase private insurance for the poor.