Arkansas' Medicaid spending fell by $22 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, the first annual drop in spending for the program state officials could remember.
The overall decrease came despite slightly higher spending on Arkansas Works, as the expanded part of the state's Medicaid program is known.
Arkansas Works spending rose by less than 1 percent to $1.91 billion. That was more than offset by a $31 million decrease in spending on the traditional Medicaid program, which covers primarily children from low-income families and poor people who are elderly or disabled.
The article mentioned above was written by Andy Davis at the Arkansas Democrat Gazette and can be found in its entirety here.