Prominent figures from both sides of the partisan divide will gather tomorrow for a political discussion about health and wellness in Arkansas.
The Health and Wellness Expo, sponsored by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Statehouse Convention Center and features Skip Rutherford, Dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service; state Rep. Carlton Wing (R-North Little Rock); former state Senator Joyce Elliott; state Rep. Mary Bentley (R-Perryville); state Rep. Aaron Pilkington (R-Knoxville); and attorney Sylvester Smith. A panel discussion will be moderated by Dem-Gaz opinion columnist Frank Fellone.
As for what’s on the table for discussion, a sampling of the questions the Democrat-Gazette shared with us promise some lively debate:
Should the State invest excess funds to shore up programs like Medicaid where there is a three to one Federal match?
Are you planning to get the new, updated Covid shot? Why or why not?
Maternal and infant mortality: What are some of the health challenges in our state that have caused Arkansas to have the highest maternal and infant mortality in the nation?
What is the benefit to the public of tinkering with the Freedom of Information Act?
Are continued tax cuts the best use of excess state revenue?
Admission is free.