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story.lead_photo.caption Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks during a news conference announcing the establishment of a committee to study school safety issues Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Little Rock, Ark. Hutchinson named school officials and people with law enforcement backgrounds to the panel in response to last month's school shooting in Florida.(AP Photo/Kelly Kissel)

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' governor has signed into law legislation to continue the state's Medicaid expansion, which will impose a work requirement on thousands of participants this year.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's office said Thursday the Republican signed the budget bill for Medicaid and the expansion, which uses federal and state funds to purchase private insurance for low-income residents. More than 285,000 people are on the program, which was created as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health law.

Lawmakers reauthorized the program this week after federal officials approved the state's plan to require thousands on it to work or volunteer in order to keep their coverage. Arkansas is the third state allowed to impose a work requirement on Medicaid.

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The requirement won't affect those on the state's traditional Medicaid program.

Read Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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