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'Kristi Putnam'

Governor unveils eclipse emergency management plans with state officials

A month out, state agencies are preparing for what Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism Secretary Shea Lewis said "has the potential to be the largest tourism event in the state's history." 
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New York Times spotlights Arkansans suffering from post-pandemic Medicaid purge

Why was the Biden administration so slow in responding to Arkansas's Medicaid purge?
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Biden administration 'deeply alarmed' by Arkansas's rush to kick kids off Medicaid

"I am deeply alarmed that, as of September 2023, your data shows that children’s Medicaid and CHIP enrollment in your state has declined by 78,506 children or 18 percent compared to March 2023," Becerra wrote.

Legislative committee approves a request to examine Arkansas PBS spending

A request to delve into the Arkansas PBS books came from Rep. Jeff Wardlaw (R-Hermitage) and Sen. Terry Rice (R-Waldron). Wardlaw said Arkansas PBS had violated certain state procurement rules.
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Another 54K Arkansans lose Medicaid in final month of state's post-pandemic purge

September's figures bring the final number of Medicaid cases closed over the 6-month "unwinding" period to more than 427,000, or more than 40% of the state's April 1 enrollment.

Memo shows governor’s office demands close oversight of agency FOIA responses

The newly surfaced memo sheds fresh light on the extent to which the governor and her staff have insisted on controlling communications with the press and the public since Sanders first took office. 
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Governor’s working group issues suggestions to improve Arkansas’s foster care system

A working group released a list of 11 recommendations on Monday to improve the state’s foster system, which has long suffered from staffing and home shortages.

Sex, therapy, isolation: Concerns pile up in Arkansas’s juvenile lockups

Kids in Arkansas’s youth lockups over the last year were sexually assaulted, denied access to requisite therapy services and improperly isolated for extended periods, an Arkansas Advocate investigation found.
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Arkansas Medicaid recipients could lose benefits starting April 1

More than one million Arkansans receive Medicaid assistance, but an estimated 420,000 of those could be at risk of losing their benefits at the end of the Public Health Emergency on April 1. Over the next six months, the Department of Human Services will redetermine folks' eligibility. However, administrative errors and problems making contact could unenroll people who still qualify.

Sanders announces pilot program to allow DHS employees to bring their kids to work

The program — called Families at Work — will allow some DHS employees to bring their children to work. Eventually, the program could be implemented at all state agencies, Gov. Sarah Sanders said Tuesday.
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Sanders announces plans for another work requirement for Medicaid recepients

Gov. Sarah Sanders announced on Tuesday plans to submit a waiver request to the federal government to add a work requirement to ARHome, the state's unique version of Medicaid expansion.

Sanders names Kentuckian to head Department of Human Services

A woman who oversaw a Medicaid work requirement in Kentucky will take the lead of the Department of Human Services, Governor Sanders announced.
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