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Feds approve changes to Arkansas' Medicaid expansion program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has approved changes to Arkansas' Medicaid expansion program, Arkansas Works, The Associated Press reported.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson reportedly said that the department will authorize nearly all of the changes for the program that serves 300,000 low-income residents. The program uses federal funds to purchase private health insurance for low-income residents.

The changes include allowing the state to charge premiums to some patients and requiring participants with no income to attend job training and placement programs, according to the report.

Hutchinson said he intends to request other changes after the new administration is sworn in Jan. 20.