updated: 04/21/2016 4:41 p.m.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson has vetoed amended language in Medicaid legislation that would have ended funding for his Arkansas Works program by Dec. 31, thus continuing funding through fiscal 2017.
updated: 04/21/2016 2:15 p.m.
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law the first major budget bill of the session, approving a measure that had stalled during the impasse over the future of the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion.
posted: 04/21/2016 5:45 a.m.
The Arkansas Senate on Wednesday narrowly approved a bill to reauthorize the use of federal Medicaid funds to purchase private health insurance for low-income Arkansans in the next fiscal year.
updated: 04/21/2016 3:48 a.m.
Legislation that would increase the annual salary of the state Department of Human Services director from $162,647 to $280,000 cleared the Arkansas Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Wednesday with no debate.
updated: 04/20/2016 5:20 p.m.
The Arkansas Senate has approved funding for the state’s hybrid Medicaid expansion, with an amendment that the expansion come to a stop by the end of this year.
posted: 04/20/2016 2:19 p.m.
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas House has passed a bill authorizing reimbursements for court officials and members of the Legislature for their travel expenses in the next fiscal year.
posted: 04/20/2016 5:45 a.m.
The Arkansas Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill authorizing the use of federal funds for the state's version of Medicaid expansion, after adding an amendment that would eliminate the expansion by year's end -- a step that Gov. Asa Hutchinson promised to veto.
updated: 04/20/2016 3:56 a.m.
Legislation to reduce Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin's spending authority by $62,491, to $340,677, in the fiscal year starting July 1 sailed through the Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Tuesday.
updated: 04/20/2016 3:54 a.m.
For a second time since Thursday, representatives failed to pass House Bill 1002, the general appropriations bill that is constitutionally required to be passed before the Arkansas Legislature can take on other appropriations.
updated: 04/19/2016 5:08 p.m.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's asking the federal government for permission to stop covering emergency contraceptives for Medicaid patients.
updated: 04/17/2016 5:45 a.m.
After a four-day break, the Republican-dominated Legislature on Tuesday will resume tackling whether to proceed with Gov. Asa Hutchinson's line-item veto strategy as a means to allow the use of federal Medicaid funds to purchase private health insurance for low-income Arkansans in the next fiscal year.
updated: 04/16/2016 3:09 a.m.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday that he prefers that the Legislature amend and then approve an appropriation bill that bars the state Department of Human Services from spending money on Arkansas' version of Medicaid expansion, so that he can issue a line-item veto of the ban in order to continue funding the program.
posted: 04/15/2016 3:51 p.m.
LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson says a plan aimed at allowing him to reinstate Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion if it's defunded is the best chance lawmakers have at quickly resolving a budget standoff over the program.