Governor: Shrinking Medicaid enrollment lowers state budget projections

On Thursday, Governor Hutchinson announced that enrollment in Arkansas’s Medicaid program has declined by almost 10 percent over the last year — from 1,048,000 on Jan. 1, 2017, to 931,000 on Jan. 1, 2018.
 
The decrease in the number of beneficiaries, coupled with other Medicaid reforms undertaken at the Arkansas Department of Human Services, is expected to significantly reduce the projected cost of the program in the coming fiscal year, Hutchinson said.
 

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