Arkansas Legislature Advances Proposed Changes To Medicaid Expansion Program

May 1, 2017

Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaking Monday at the start of the special session of the Arkansas General Assembly.
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An Arkansas House committee has advanced Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to make changes to the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion program.

Hutchinson called for a special legislative session for lawmakers to address Medicaid and other issues, including shoring up the state's long-term reserve fund.

More than 300,000 people are covered by Arkansas Works, the program that uses Medicaid money to buy private insurance for low-income residents. Hutchinson wants to move 60,000 people off the program, and put in place a work requirement for eligibility.

The state Department of Human Services says the move will save Arkansas at least $66 million over the next four years.

The House committee advanced the proposal Monday afternoon. It will now head to the full House for consideration.