(The Center Square) – Ark. Gov. Asa Hutchinson is proposing a $30 million Medicaid expansion to cover pregnancy and foster care programs.
The Gov. said Tuesday he is asking for legislative support for several initiatives that will increase spending at the Department of Human Services and the Arkansas Department of Health.
DHS is planning to seek federal approval to extend home visitation services for high-risk pregnant women in traditional Medicaid, which would cost $18.9 million per year, with the state share being $5.5 million, according to the governor.
“This will be a part of the ongoing Medicaid budget, but it is important to put the dollars behind this expanded effort in providing enhanced maternal care,” said Hutchinson….