Arkansas Medicaid Update

According to my legislative sources and discussions around the state capitol the administration’s proposal to expand AR Medicaid by over 250,000 people is in trouble. It will take over 75 votes in the house and 27 in the senate to pass an appropriations bill for it. It does not appear the votes are there. There is some discussions about a partial or small expansion of the program if the program was made more efficient and Medicaid participants were made to make small co-payments.