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      Ark. Medicaid faces 'significant' cuts in services

      By ANDREW DeMILLO
      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.

      CONTINUING COVERAGE
      Ark. Medicaid faces nearly $200M funding gap (Nov. 13)
      Ark. Medicaid faces 'significant' cuts in services (Nov. 13)
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      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)
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      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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