Arkansas governor says US OKs modified Medicaid expansion

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Gov. Asa Hutchinson says federal officials have

approved a number of changes Arkansas wishes to make in a Medicaid expansion

program known as “Arkansas Works.”

The governor said Wednesday that the Department of Health and Human Services

will authorize most of the changes Arkansas wants to make in the insurance

program for 300,000 low-income residents. Arkansas uses federal Medicaid money

to buy their private health insurance.

Arkansas had asked the federal government to let the state charge premiums to

some patients. Arkansas also wanted to require that participants with no income

go to job training and placement programs.

At a news conference, Hutchinson said the government had approved nearly all

of Arkansas’ requests, and that the state would request other changes after the

new administration takes over Jan. 20.


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