- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is meeting with officials in Washington as the state seeks approval for changes to its hybrid Medicaid expansion program.

Arkansas has requested a waiver for its “Arkansas Works” program, also known as the private option. The program uses federal Medicaid money to buy private health insurance for low-income residents and currently covers about 300,000 people.

Hutchinson tells Little Rock radio station KUAR (https://bit.ly/2h2usu6 ) that he met with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, then members of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team Monday. He says the federal government has agreed to some but not all of Arkansas’ proposed changes.

The changes include a requirement that some beneficiaries pay a premium and mandating that participants with no income be referred to job training and placement programs.

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Information from: KUAR-FM, https://www.ualr.edu/kuar/

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