Hutchinson Signals Willingness To Continue Ark. Medicaid Expansion Beyond 2016 — If Changes Are Made
The changes, however, would be a tough sell to the Obama administration. Meanwhile, news from Alaska details how some expansion opponents are turning to the courts to stop the state plan for implementation.
Limited Medicaid Expansion Sought By Arkansas Governor
Republican Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that he’s open to continuing the state's Medicaid expansion program, which serves 220,000 low-income residents, beyond its 2016 expiration if the state can make some sweeping changes that would be a tough sell to the Obama administration. In a presentation to his state’s Healthcare Legislative Task Force, created earlier this year to consider changes to the program, Hutchinson outlined a seven-point proposal emphasizing cost-cutting and encouraging beneficiaries to work. (Evans, 8/20)
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To Stand A Fighting Chance, Anti-Medicaid Lawsuit Needs To Prove Irreparable Harm
Medicaid expansion is set to roll out in Alaska September 1st. It would offer health coverage to up to 40,000 very low-income adults who don’t have children. The lawmakers suing to stop expansion will ask a judge for a preliminary injunction. That would prohibit the state from implementing the program before the issue is decided in court. (Feidt, 8/20)