- Associated Press - Friday, April 28, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Gov. Asa Hutchinson has called for a special legislative session so Arkansas lawmakers can address several issues, including changes to the state’s hybrid Medicaid expansion.

Hutchinson has called for the session to convene at 2 p.m. May 1.

The state Department of Human Services says a plan to move more than 60,000 residents off the expanded Medicaid program will save the state at least $66 million over the next four years.

Hutchinson wants lawmakers to approve changes to the program, which currently covers more than 300,000 low-income residents, including a work requirement for eligibility.

The agenda will also include restructuring the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace, technical corrections medical marijuana regulations and ethics, and an effort to boost the state’s long-term reserve fund.

Hutchinson says shoring up the reserve fund will help enhance the state’s bond rating.

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