LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe says the state will be able to avoid the "most painful" cuts to the state's Medicaid program, including a proposal to remove thousands from nursing home care.
Beebe told the House and Senate on Tuesday that the state's Medicaid shortfall appeared to be "more manageable" and suggested it would be lower than the $138 million projected by the state Department of Human Services.
Beebe said a $35 million proposed cut to the lowest level of nursing home care is the "last thing we'll ever do."
The governor said he had asked advisers to look at where cuts could be made and that "there were no simple answers."
Beebe spoke to a joint session of the General Assembly in his "state of the state" address at the Capitol.