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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