Ark. Medicaid faces 'significant' cuts in services

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Arkansas Department of Human Services is preparing for "significant" cuts in services to fill a shortfall of at least $100 million in the state's Medicaid program.

DHS Director John Selig said Tuesday the Medicaid shortfall will be smaller than the nearly $200 million gap between its funding request and Gov. Mike Beebe's recommendation for next year. DHS has requested $359 million extra for Medicaid for the budget year that begins July 1, but Beebe's budget proposal only calls in $160 million in additional funding through general revenue and the state surplus.

Selig told reporters that a smaller growth rate than expected in Medicaid and other savings means the shortfall will be smaller. Selig planned to detail the shortfall and the proposed cuts to lawmakers Tuesday afternoon.

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