AR Medicaid Political Update

Governor Mike Beebe has asked the federal government for a wide ranging Medicaid deal that would allow AR to access federal funds to help with the anticipated $138 million dollar deficit, quicken the payment overhaul initiative which is currently underway and to assist with expanding the program to an additional 250 thousand people.
UAMS has picked a new CEO to run the hospital. Dr. Roxane Townsend, an administrator at LSU has been chosen as the new vice chancellor for clinical programs and CEO.  The hospital is exploring a partnership with Saint Vincent Health System, a private Catholic hospital in the hopes of reducing cost and to share services.
The AR Ethics Commission will ask the 2013 AR Legislature to enact legislation which will require committees that support or oppose ballot issues and legislative questions to report expenses made on their behalf by advertising agencies, public relations firms and political consultants as well as expenses made by the committees.

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