Proposed overhaul of Arkansas Medicaid expansion unveiled

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FILE – In this March 23, 2020 file photo, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, right, speaks in Little Rock, Ark. Hutchinson said Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, he will not back former President Donald Trump if he runs for the White House in 2024, saying “it’s time” to move on to different voices in the Republican Party. (Staton Breidenthal/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP, File)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas’ governor and lawmakers are proposing overhauling the state’s Medicaid expansion to encourage recipients to work after its previous work requirement was blocked.

The legislation detailed Monday would continue using Medicaid funds to place recipients on private insurance. But those who don’t work or go to school could be moved to the traditional fee-for-service Medicaid program under the new proposal.

The proposal was unveiled weeks after President Joe Biden’s administration moved to block work requirements in Arkansas and several other states.

Arkansas’ work requirements had already been blocked by federal courts.

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