Arkansas lawmakers eye surplus for Medicaid deficit
Posted: January 7, 2013 at 3:19 p.m.
LITTLE ROCK The incoming leaders of the state House and Senate say they’re interested in using money from the state’s projected surplus to avoid the program cuts proposed to fill a $138 million Medicaid shortfall.
Incoming House Speaker Davy Carter and incoming Senate President Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux said Monday they support using more surplus money than originally proposed to avoid the cuts. The proposed cuts include removing thousands from nursing home care.
Gov. Mike Beebe has proposed putting $140 million from the state’s projected $300 million surplus toward Medicaid over the next two years. He said he’s open to talking about the idea, but was worried about using more one-time money for ongoing needs.
The three spoke at a pre-session forum hosted by the Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors Association.