Arkansas lawmakers fund medicaid expansion plan

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Arkansas’s Medicaid expansion plan will survive another year. 

The House of Representatives voted Wednesday afternoon to fund Arkansas Works for another year. 

The bill received 79 yes votes, four more than it needed to pass. 

It now goes to Governor Hutchinson’s desk. 

Nearly 300,000 Arkansans receive health coverage through Arkansas works. 

A new rule coming later this year adds a work requirement for many people who receive their health coverage through this plan. 

The Arkansas Senate passed the measure on Tuesday with a final vote of 27-2. 

In a statement he issued today, Governor Asa Hutchinson applauded the Senate and House approval of the DHS appropriation and Arkansas Works:

“The early prediction was that the general assembly would not pass the DHS appropriation and Arkansas Works. I am pleased that the Senate and the House disproved the popular opinion and passed the bill. The fact that we passed it on the first vote in both houses shows a spirit of cooperation between the branches. The approval demonstrates that in Arkansas, people still listen to each other and work together for solutions. Passage of the appropriation and the reforms ensures that these vital services will still be available to the thousands of Arkansans who depend upon them.”

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