Arkansas GOP governor uses veto to save Medicaid program

FILE - In this March 22, 2016 photo, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks in Conway, Ark. Arkansas lawmakers have approved a plan to preserve the state's first-in-the-nation hybrid Medicaid expansion, backing an unusual tactic that will require a veto from Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson to save the program covering more than 250,000 poor people. The House on Thursday April 21, 2016 voted 76-13 for a Medicaid budget bill that sets a Dec. 31 end date for the program. Hutchinson then will veto the end date, effectively preserving the program. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson, File)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday effectively saved Arkansas’ first-in-the-nation hybrid Medicaid expansion by voiding part of a budget bill that would have ended the subsidized insurance for more than 250,000 poor people.

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