With the support of advocates like you, we are working at the federal, state and community levels in support of public policies that help to ensure families have access to health care and financial security so they can protect and promote their own health in the face of COVID-19. With that in mind, we wanted to provide you an update on what has been happening with the Arkansas Legislature
This past Thursday, April 16th, the state legislature adjourned, ending a brief 8 day fiscal session. It was, as you can imagine, an unusual session. To observe social distancing recommendations, the Arkansas Senate used both the Senate Floor and gallery to be able to spread out, and the House met at a local basketball arena to be able to keep their distance. The legislature was able to quickly adopt a budget and provide for additional costs associated with COVID-19 and unemployment claims.
We have some great news to share. The Arkansas legislature easily reauthorized Medicaid expansion. This is of critical importance to make sure people in our state have access to health coverage. In recent years, Medicaid has been a contentious issue. But with the threat of the pandemic, and with so many Arkansans depending on Medicaid, the re-authorization passed without a single "no" vote.
Please continue to stay safe and well. For science-based information on COVID-19 and heart and brain health, visit www.heart.org/coronavirus. Thank you for your continued support.