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Public News Service - AR: Budget Policy & Priorities

If Arkansas is granted a Medicaid waiver, all able-bodied recipients ages 18-49 will be required to work at least 20 hours a week to keep their benefits. (Mason/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A request by Arkansas officials to waive Medicaid rules is being met with skepticism by health-care advocates, who say it would hurt more people than it would help. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has asked federal officials to lower the income threshold for eligibility in the state'

Experts say low-income working families could be hit the hardest if Arkansas lowers the income requirements for the state's Medicaid program. (Moore/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas health officials are proposing significant cuts to the state's Medicaid program by rolling back the income requirements for eligibility. But some experts say that’s against the rules. The state currently is awaiting an answer from the federal Health and Human Se

The state of Arkansas now mandates that high school students must pass a Financial Literacy course in order to graduate. (Hero/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A new report shows that Arkansas is making significant progress in teaching high school students the life skills they will need to handle money. According to a new study by the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College, the Natural State has gone from one of the

About 120,000 Arkansas children depend on the Children's Health Insurance Program for access to health care. (DMarshall/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – As Congress debates renewing the Children's Health Insurance Program, almost 9 million kids are at risk of losing their health care, including 120,000 Arkansas children. The program, called CHIP, has traditionally had bipartisan support, but this year, the House and Senat

A new study shows that fewer Arkansas seniors are missing meals because they can't afford them. (TimBoyle/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas once had the highest rate of senior hunger in the country, but a new study says that is changing. The rate of Arkansans age 60 and older who report they don't always have enough food has fallen from 25 percent to less than 20 percent. A coalition began working on the is

Arkansas schools in all 293 districts now have broadband Internet connections, but many still lack the computer hardware to benefit from them. (Pixabay)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - As Arkansas students and teachers return to the classroom this fall, they'll find a broadband Internet connection in every public school in the state. In the past two years, the Arkansas Departments of Education and Information Systems worked together to install 200-kilobit-per-

Four laws were approved earlier this year by Arkansas lawmakers despite similar measures having been ruled unconstitutional in several other states. (JoeRaedle/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A federal judge has blocked Arkansas from enforcing four new abortion restrictions passed earlier this year by state lawmakers. The laws include a ban on a common second-trimester procedure, allow a partner or family member to block a planned abortion, force doctors to sa

Many people in Arkansas jails and prisons have mental-health issues, and state officials have created a program to divert more of them to treatment instead of incarceration. (Getty Images)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - As many as 5,000 people in Arkansas jails and prisons may have mental-health issues, studies show, and state officials are taking steps to change that. The Arkansas Legislature has approved a bill to provide alternatives to jail for these people, and expand crisis intervention t

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