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Arkansas Prepping For Healthcare's Big Changes


On this week's podcast the KUAR News team tackles the emerging overhaul of healthcare at the both federal and state level. The Speaker of the House is moving forward with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act but Arkansas's congressional delegation has plenty of reservations about the replacement plan.

On the same as the national GOP plan unveiling, Governor Asa Hutchinson released his plan to seek new changes to Medicaid Expansion. The Republican governor's proposed waivers to the Affordable Care Act enabled plan could cost 60,000 low-income residents insurance coverage. 

Also on the podcast:

- The Legislature does heavy lifting for guns on campus; privately-run education; a new gas tax; and wine sales. Meanwhile marijuana restrictions fall flat and the bill filing deadline has brought out some eye-catchers.

- The Mexican Consulate in Little Rock reaches out to help a Trump-wary population.

- The Arkansas Education Television Network has a new a director on the way at a time when public broadcasting is under question in Washington.

- And we remember the life of Ben Fry, the long-time general manager of KUAR and KLRE, who passed away year ago.

Michael Hibblen was a journalist for KUAR News from May 2009 — December 2022. During his final 10 years with the station, he served as News Director. In January 2023, he was hired by Arkansas PBS to become its Senior Producer/ Director of Public Affairs.
Jacob Kauffman is a former news anchor and reporter for KUAR.
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