Asa Hutchinson on Health Care
Former Administrator of D.E.A.; former Republican Representative (AR-3)
Work requirement for Medicaid
I expect approval from Washington before the legislative session ends on our request to implement a work requirement for the Arkansas Works program. If you are able-bodied and of working age--with no dependents--you should be working or in training.
The only long-lasting solution to lowering the cost of Medicaid is to help more people earn their way off.
Source: 2018 Arkansas State of the State address
, Feb 12, 2018
$5M for Mental Health Stabilization Centers
I ask you also to remember those who are challenged with mental illness. I've asked for $5 million to be set aside in the budget for Mental Health Stabilization Centers and crisis intervention training.
That will be a start in helping our law enforcement community and those who deal with crisis circumstances to identify mental illness, to identify the help that is needed and to provide that help.
Source: 2017 Arkansas State of the State address
, Jan 10, 2017
A lot of budget "fuzziness" if private option is not renewed
Gov. Mike Beebe spoke at the winter conference of the Arkansas Sheriffs' Association a day after Hutchinson spoke to the same group. Hutchinson told the sheriffs, when asked about the possibility of budget cuts if the private option is not renewed this
year, that he believes "the numbers are very, very loose." He told reporters later that "I think there's a lot of fuzziness on what may or may not happen" if the private option is not renewed.
Beebe told the sheriffs there is no "fuzziness" to his administration's estimate of $89 million in expected savings from the so-called private option, emphatically rejecting Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson's description of it by that
term. "It's not hype. It's not B.S. It's plain old arithmetic," he said.
The private option is the state's program that uses federal Medicaid money to provide private health insurance to low-income Arkansans. About 85,000 people have enrolled so far.
Source: Arkansas News on 2014 Arkansas gubernatorial race
, Jan 28, 2014
Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award.
Vote to adopt an amendment that would limit liability and damage awards when a patient is harmed by a denial of health care. It would allow a patient to sue a health maintenance organization in state court but federal, not state, law would govern.
Bill HR 2563
; vote number 2001-329
on Aug 2, 2001
Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage.
HR 4680, the Medicare Rx 2000 Act, would institute a new program to provide voluntary prescription drug coverage for Medicare beneficiaries through subsidies to private plans. The program would cost an estimated $40 billion over five years and would go into effect in fiscal 2003.
Reference: Bill sponsored by Thomas, R-CA;
Bill HR 4680
; vote number 2000-357
on Jun 28, 2000
Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide.
Vote on HR 2260, the Pain Relief Promotion Act of 1999, would ban the use of drugs for physician-assisted suicide. The bill would not allow doctors to give lethal prescriptions to terminally ill patients, and instead promotes "palliative care," or aggressive pain relief techniques.
Reference: Bill sponsored by Hyde, R-IL;
Bill HR 2260
; vote number 1999-544
on Oct 27, 1999
Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts.
The bill allows all taxpayers to create a tax-exempt account for paying medical expenses called a Medical Savings Account [MSA]. Also, the measure would allow the full cost of health care premiums to be taken as a tax deduction for the self-employed and taxpayers who are paying for their own insurance. The bill would also allow the establishment of "HealthMarts," regional groups of insurers, health care providers and employers who could work together to develop packages for uninsured employees. Another provision of the bill would establish "association health plan," in which organizations could combine resources to purchase health insurance at better rates than they could separately.
Reference: Bill sponsored by Talent, R-MO;
Bill HR 2990
; vote number 1999-485
on Oct 6, 1999
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