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Ark. surgeon general addresses Medicaid expansion

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LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Arkansas' surgeon general is discussing the impact that expanding Medicaid's eligibility under the federal health care law would have on the state.

Surgeon General Joe Thompson plans to talk about the proposed expansion during a speech Tuesday at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in downtown Little Rock.

Gov. Mike Beebe has said he supports the expansion, which would add about 250,000 people to the state's Medicaid program. Beebe has said the savings projected from the expansion could prevent cuts to nursing home care that the program faces because of a budget shortfall.

Expanding Medicaid will require a three-fourths vote in the House and Senate. Republicans in both chambers have generally opposed the expansion or been reluctant about the proposal.

CONTINUING COVERAGE
Ark. Medicaid faces nearly $200M funding gap (Nov. 13)
Ark. Medicaid faces 'significant' cuts in services (Nov. 13)
Beebe: Medicaid expansion can spare nursing homes (Nov. 14)
Ark. surgeon general addresses Medicaid expansion (Nov. 27)
Beebe: Vote on Medicaid expansion during regular session (Jan. 3)
Medicaid expansion hot topic leading up to general assembly (Jan. 7)
Focus on Medicaid as Ark. session begins (Jan. 14)
Beebe: Medicaid shortfall not as large as anticipated (Jan. 15)
Ark. lawmakers seek more details on Medicaid (Jan. 17)
Medicaid shortfall possibly $60 million less than expected (Jan. 17)
Impact of Medicaid expansion on rural hospitals (Jan. 25)
Ark. House GOP leader: Medicaid a work in progress (Jan. 28)
Beebe: Don't delay Medicaid vote until next year (Feb. 11)
Officials tout ‘Medicaid contraction' (March 1)
Ark. lawmakers approve contract on Medicaid (March 5)
Ark. GOP leader floats special session on Medicaid (March 25)

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