Hutchinson says managed care won't be on session agenda

Hutchinson says managed care won't be on session agenda

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he won't put his proposal to have private firms manage some Medicaid services before lawmakers as they convene for a special session this week.

The Republican governor said Tuesday his managed care proposal won't be on the agenda for the session, which he says will instead focus primarily on his plan to keep and rework Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion. Legislative leaders on Monday asked Hutchinson to drop the managed care proposal, saying it faced too many questions.

Hutchinson proposed contracting with private companies to manage Medicaid services for the developmentally disabled and mentally ill. The proposal faced resistance from Democrats and some Republicans who say managed care would lead to service cuts.

The special session is set to begin Wednesday morning.

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