Arkansas governor wants to close door on private option

In a highly anticipated address, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said he is open to keeping the state's private option Medicaid program in place until the end of 2016 but wants to form a task force to explore a future overhaul, Politico reported. The state's approach to Medicaid expansion has been both effective--Arkansas has lowered its uninsurance rate more than any other state since the Affordable Care Act took effect--and controversial--lawmakers needed five votes to renew the program last year. Hutchinson's decision does not bode well for Medicaid expansion efforts under way in heavily Republican states such as Tennessee, Politico said. Article