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Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday said he has urged federal officials to seek an expedited appeal of a judge’s ruling that struck down the work requirement for Arkansas’ Medicaid expansion program.

He said the ruling on Wednesday by U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington, D.C., reinforces the need for the state to keep the Medicaid expansion program, known as Arkansas Works.

“If we give up on this, then we give up on the opportunity to lead nationally on this important program,” Hutchinson said.

Arkansas House Speaker Matthew Shepherd said he expects the House to vote on the appropriation bill for the Medicaid program, including Arkansas Works, on Friday.

For full details, read Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette or read more about the judge's ruling here.

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  • CartoonDude
    March 28, 2019 at 4:46 p.m.

    Did he cite where in the US Constitution it mentions the guidelines for doling out taxpayers' dollars? Nothing will ever get better in our bankrupt country if judicial activists keep replacing the law and the constitution with their personal political opinions.

  • RBear
    March 28, 2019 at 4:58 p.m.

    Cartoondude so the Texas judge who struck down the ACA was NOT an activist judge? Help me out. When are they "activists" and when are they not? Almost all legal scholars say the TX judge's ruling is on VERY shaky legal grounds. So is he an "activist judge?"

  • drs01
    March 28, 2019 at 4:59 p.m.

    In the name of those who must work to pay for what too many of these folks EXPECT to get for not doing so.....appeal...damn right!!!!

  • LR1955
    March 28, 2019 at 6:59 p.m.

    ASA, you need to try out the Arkansas Works website yourself and see how fubar’d it is! If you can find the link that is.

  • Testingonetwothree
    March 29, 2019 at 3:49 a.m.

    They have been getting free insurance so long their thought is why should I do anything to keep getting it free... By exempting adults with children or older than 49, Arkansas’ Medicaid work requirement roughly parallels the work requirements that apply in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for able-bodied adults without dependents

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