Arkansas Cuts Medicaid Rolls By 117,000


After Arkansas celebrated topping more than 3 million residents last month, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and state human services officials on Thursday (Jan. 4) heralded another key milestone that involved nearly one-third of that population.

According to Gov. Hutchinson and Department of Human Services (DHS) Director Cindy Gillespie, Arkansas reduced the state’s one million-plus Medicaid count by 10% in the past year as part of the state’s ongoing effort and transformation to pare rise costs for federal-state program that helps low-income individuals with medical-oriented expenses.

Holding up a newly-minted Medicaid report for January 2018, Hutchinson told reporters at one of his occasional pen-and-pad sessions that there are 931,006 Arkansans enrolled today in Medicaid programs in Arkansas, 117,260 fewer enrollees than a year ago. The new tally also includes 285,564 Arkansans who receive healthcare through the state’s highly-touted Arkansas Works Medicaid expansion program under the Affordable Care Act.    MORE

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