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Medicaid plan OK'd; funding doubt remains

By Andy Davis , Brian Fanney , Michael R. Wickline , Spencer Willems

This article was published April 8, 2016 at 5:45 a.m.

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Sen. Bobby Pierce, D-Sheridan, (left) congratulates Sen. Jim Hendren, R-Sulphur Springs, Thursday just before the Senate passed by a vote of 25-10 Hendren’s Arkansas Works bill (SB1) extending and changing the state’s expanded Medicaid program.

Rep. Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville, (left) shakes hands with Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, after the House Committee on Insurance and Commerce p...

Rep. Bob Ballinger, R-Hindsville, speaks against the Arkansas Works measure, HB1001, on the House floor Thursday at the state Capitol in Little Rock.

House vote on HB 1001

Here’s how the House voted Thursday to approve HB1001, by Rep Charlie Collins, which makes changes in the state’s expanded Medicaid program to emphasize work and wellness.

YEA (70)

Charlie Armstrong, D-Little Rock

Eddie Armstrong, D-North Little Rock

John Baine, D-El Dorado

Scott Baltz, D-Pocahontas

Rick Beck, R-Center Ridge

Camille Bennett, D-Lonoke

Charles Blake, D-North Little Rock

Justin Boyd, R-Fort Smith

Ken Bragg, R-Sheridan

David Branscum, R-Marshall

Mary Broadaway, D-Paragould

Karilyn Brown, R-Sherwood

Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville

Andy Davis, R-Little Rock

Jana Della Rosa, R-Rogers

Dan Douglas, R-Bentonville

Lance Eads, R-Springdale

Les Eaves, R-Searcy

Jon Eubanks, R-Paris

Joe Farrer, R-Austin

Deborah Ferguson, D-West Memphis

Ken Ferguson, D-Pine Bluff

David Fielding, D-Magnolia

Charlene Fite, R-Van Buren

Lanny Fite, R-Benton

Vivian Flowers, D-Pine Bluff

Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia

Bill Gossage, R-Ozark

Michael John Gray, D-Augusta

Kim Hammer, R-Benton

Ken Henderson, R-Russellville

Kim Hendren, R-Gravette

Mary “Prissy” Hickerson, R-Texarkana

David Hillman, D-Almyra

Monte Hodges, D-Blytheville

Mike Holcomb, R-Pine Bluff

Doug House, R-North Little Rock

Joe Jett, D-Success

Bob Johnson, D-Jacksonville

Sheila Lampkin, D-Monticello

Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville

Kelly Linck, R-Flippin

Fred Love, D-Little Rock

Mark Lowery, R-Maumelle

Stephen Magie, D-Conway

Julie Mayberry, R-Hensley

Mark McElroy, D-Tillar

George McGill, D-Fort Smith

Ron McNair, R-Alpena

Reginald Murdock, D-Marianna

Micah Neal, R-Springdale

Milton Nicks, Jr., D-Marion

Betty Overbey, D-Lamar

Mathew Pitsch, R-Fort Smith

James Ratliff, D-Imboden

Chris Richey, D-West Helena

Warwick Sabin, D-Little Rock

Sue Scott, R-Rogers

Matt Shepherd, R-El Dorado

James Sorvillo, R-Little Rock

James Sturch, R-Batesville

Brent Talley, D-Hope

Clarke Tucker, D-Little Rock

DeAnn Vaught, R-Horatio

John Vines, D-Hot Springs

John Walker, D-Little Rock

Dave Wallace, R-Leachville

Jeff Wardlaw, D-Hermitage

David Whitaker, D-Fayetteville

Marshall Wright, D-Forrest City

NAY (30)

Bob Ballinger, R-Hindsville

Nate Bell, R-Mena

Mary Bentley, R-Perryville

Donnie Copeland, R-North Little Rock

Bruce Cozart, R-Hot Springs

Gary Deffenbaugh, R-Van Buren

Jim Dotson, R-Bentonville

Charlotte Douglas, R-Alma

Trevor Drown, R-Dover

Mickey Gates, R-Hot Springs

Justin Gonzales, R-Okolona

Michelle Gray, R-Melbourne

Justin Harris, R-West Fork

Grant Hodges, R-Rogers

Lane Jean, R-Magnolia

Jack Ladyman, R-Jonesboro

Tim Lemons, R-Cabot

Robin Lundstrum, R-Springdale

David Meeks, R-Conway

Stephen Meeks, R-Greenbrier

Josh Miller, R-Heber Springs

John Payton, R-Wilburn

Rebecca Petty, R-Rogers

Marcus Richmond, R-Harvey

Laurie Rushing, R-Hot Springs

Brandt Smith, R-Jonesboro

Nelda Speaks, R-Mountain Home

Dan Sullivan, R-Jonesboro

Dwight Tosh, R-Jonesboro

Richard Womack, R-Arkadelphia

Senate vote on SB 1

Here’s how the Senate voted Thursday to approve SB1, by Sen. Jim Hendren, which makes changes in the state’s expanded Medicaid program to emphasize work and wellness.

YEA (25)

David Burnett, D-Osceola

Ronald Caldwell, R-Wynne

Eddie Cheatham, D-Crossett

Linda Chesterfield, D-Little Rock

John Cooper, R-Jonesboro

Jonathan Dismang, R-Searcy

Joyce Elliott, D-Little Rock

Jane English, R-North Little Rock

Jake Files, R-Fort Smith

Stephanie Flowers, D-Little Rock

Jim Hendren, R-Sulphur Springs

Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana

Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Little Rock

Keith Ingram, D-West Memphis

David Johnson, D-Little Rock

Uvalde Lindsey, D-Fayetteville

Bruce Maloch, D-Magnolia

Bobby Pierce, D-Sheridan

Jason Rapert, R-Bigelow

Bill Sample, R-Hot Springs

David Sanders, R-Little Rock

Greg Standridge, R-Russellville

Larry Teague, D-Nashville

Eddie Joe Williams, R-Cabot

Jon Woods, R-Springdale

NAY (10)

Cecile Bledsoe, R-Rogers

Alan Clark, R-Lonsdale

Linda Collins-Smith, R-Batesville

Scott Flippo, R-Mountain Home

Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs

Missy Irvin, R-Mountain View

Blake Johnson, R-Corning

Bryan King, R-Green Forest

Terry Rice, R-Waldron

Gary Stubblefield, R-Branch

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Legislation to continue providing health coverage for more than 267,000 low-income Arkansans under the state's expanded Medicaid program cleared the state House and Senate on Thursday, but by smaller margins than will be needed next week to approve funding for the program beyond June 30.

Rep. Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville, (left) shakes hands with Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, after the House Committee on Insurance and Commerce p...

Rep. Bob Ballinger, R-Hindsville, speaks against the Arkansas Works measure, HB1001, on the House floor Thursday at the state Capitol in Little Rock.

House vote on HB 1001

Here’s how the House voted Thursday to approve HB1001, by Rep Charlie Collins, which makes changes in the state’s expanded Medicaid program to emphasize work and wellness.

YEA (70)

Charlie Armstrong, D-Little Rock

Eddie Armstrong, D-North Little Rock

John Baine, D-El Dorado

Scott Baltz, D-Pocahontas

Rick Beck, R-Center Ridge

Camille Bennett, D-Lonoke

Charles Blake, D-North Little Rock

Justin Boyd, R-Fort Smith

Ken Bragg, R-Sheridan

David Branscum, R-Marshall

Mary Broadaway, D-Paragould

Karilyn Brown, R-Sherwood

Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville

Andy Davis, R-Little Rock

Jana Della Rosa, R-Rogers

Dan Douglas, R-Bentonville

Lance Eads, R-Springdale

Les Eaves, R-Searcy

Jon Eubanks, R-Paris

Joe Farrer, R-Austin

Deborah Ferguson, D-West Memphis

Ken Ferguson, D-Pine Bluff

David Fielding, D-Magnolia

Charlene Fite, R-Van Buren

Lanny Fite, R-Benton

Vivian Flowers, D-Pine Bluff

Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia

Bill Gossage, R-Ozark

Michael John Gray, D-Augusta

Kim Hammer, R-Benton

Ken Henderson, R-Russellville

Kim Hendren, R-Gravette

Mary “Prissy” Hickerson, R-Texarkana

David Hillman, D-Almyra

Monte Hodges, D-Blytheville

Mike Holcomb, R-Pine Bluff

Doug House, R-North Little Rock

Joe Jett, D-Success

Bob Johnson, D-Jacksonville

Sheila Lampkin, D-Monticello

Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville

Kelly Linck, R-Flippin

Fred Love, D-Little Rock

Mark Lowery, R-Maumelle

Stephen Magie, D-Conway

Julie Mayberry, R-Hensley

Mark McElroy, D-Tillar

George McGill, D-Fort Smith

Ron McNair, R-Alpena

Reginald Murdock, D-Marianna

Micah Neal, R-Springdale

Milton Nicks, Jr., D-Marion

Betty Overbey, D-Lamar

Mathew Pitsch, R-Fort Smith

James Ratliff, D-Imboden

Chris Richey, D-West Helena

Warwick Sabin, D-Little Rock

Sue Scott, R-Rogers

Matt Shepherd, R-El Dorado

James Sorvillo, R-Little Rock

James Sturch, R-Batesville

Brent Talley, D-Hope

Clarke Tucker, D-Little Rock

DeAnn Vaught, R-Horatio

John Vines, D-Hot Springs

John Walker, D-Little Rock

Dave Wallace, R-Leachville

Jeff Wardlaw, D-Hermitage

David Whitaker, D-Fayetteville

Marshall Wright, D-Forrest City

NAY (30)

Bob Ballinger, R-Hindsville

Nate Bell, R-Mena

Mary Bentley, R-Perryville

Donnie Copeland, R-North Little Rock

Bruce Cozart, R-Hot Springs

Gary Deffenbaugh, R-Van Buren

Jim Dotson, R-Bentonville

Charlotte Douglas, R-Alma

Trevor Drown, R-Dover

Mickey Gates, R-Hot Springs

Justin Gonzales, R-Okolona

Michelle Gray, R-Melbourne

Justin Harris, R-West Fork

Grant Hodges, R-Rogers

Lane Jean, R-Magnolia

Jack Ladyman, R-Jonesboro

Tim Lemons, R-Cabot

Robin Lundstrum, R-Springdale

David Meeks, R-Conway

Stephen Meeks, R-Greenbrier

Josh Miller, R-Heber Springs

John Payton, R-Wilburn

Rebecca Petty, R-Rogers

Marcus Richmond, R-Harvey

Laurie Rushing, R-Hot Springs

Brandt Smith, R-Jonesboro

Nelda Speaks, R-Mountain Home

Dan Sullivan, R-Jonesboro

Dwight Tosh, R-Jonesboro

Richard Womack, R-Arkadelphia

Senate vote on SB 1

Here’s how the Senate voted Thursday to approve SB1, by Sen. Jim Hendren, which makes changes in the state’s expanded Medicaid program to emphasize work and wellness.

YEA (25)

David Burnett, D-Osceola

Ronald Caldwell, R-Wynne

Eddie Cheatham, D-Crossett

Linda Chesterfield, D-Little Rock

John Cooper, R-Jonesboro

Jonathan Dismang, R-Searcy

Joyce Elliott, D-Little Rock

Jane English, R-North Little Rock

Jake Files, R-Fort Smith

Stephanie Flowers, D-Little Rock

Jim Hendren, R-Sulphur Springs

Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana

Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Little Rock

Keith Ingram, D-West Memphis

David Johnson, D-Little Rock

Uvalde Lindsey, D-Fayetteville

Bruce Maloch, D-Magnolia

Bobby Pierce, D-Sheridan

Jason Rapert, R-Bigelow

Bill Sample, R-Hot Springs

David Sanders, R-Little Rock

Greg Standridge, R-Russellville

Larry Teague, D-Nashville

Eddie Joe Williams, R-Cabot

Jon Woods, R-Springdale

NAY (10)

Cecile Bledsoe, R-Rogers

Alan Clark, R-Lonsdale

Linda Collins-Smith, R-Batesville

Scott Flippo, R-Mountain Home

Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs

Missy Irvin, R-Mountain View

Blake Johnson, R-Corning

Bryan King, R-Green Forest

Terry Rice, R-Waldron

Gary Stubblefield, R-Branch

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dearlo says... April 8, 2016 at 6:51 a.m.

Looks good in print BUT (always that but) why are seniors who take NO snap or other benefits teeth not included, teeth are important to everyone's health, I happen to like mine. I have done without other needs to keep mine! I get no snap or anything else. If there will be a drug test how about testing State employees first with (NO advanced notice)! But I really doubt that the repukeliecons will agree! They love to make it hard on people, that way they save a few dollars, while people try and figure out how to sign back up. All these programs are paid by us. Money first as always here in Arkansas. Only certain people count, awe the chosen few!!!

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cliffcarson says... April 8, 2016 at 8:31 a.m.

I noticed that the Republicats claim "Arkansas Works" which is really what was passed will save some $757 million by 2020. On the other hand if we replace the Arkansas version of Obamacare with the Arkansas Works Republican thingee , the State stands to lose some $9 Billion in Federal funding in the same time interval.
So what the Republicans want to impose on the low income Arkansas Citizens is a trade off of $757 million savings that will cause a loss of $9 Billion in State income from the Feds. This means that for every dollar saved Arkansas will lose over nine dollars of income. Is this why we voted in the Republicans?
Don't you think it's time to vote the Republicans out?

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Goad says... April 8, 2016 at 9:21 a.m.

If you oppose taking healthcare $'s from Feds should oppose farm supplements and highway funds. Don't want Feds taking over our highways. Don't want single payor for our highways. So, oppose Medicaid and support highways indicates you place concrete over our kids health. GAL.

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