Arkansas still waiting on federal approval for Medicaid changes

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Proposal to limit eligibility could face tough scrutiny from feds. Already at least a month behind schedule on implementing a series of proposed changes to the state’s Medicaid expansion program, Arkansas Works, Governor Hutchinson still has received no word on the federal approval he needs to move forward. Last week, Hutchinson met with federal officials to plead his case. “I have personally visited with numerous Administration officials making the case for Arkansas’ innovative Medicaid waiver request that would continue the reform efforts to control costs and to put into place work and responsibility requirements,” Hutchinson said in an email. “These meetings have been productive.” In June, the state submitted a request to...

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